4 Statistics You Should Know About the Orphan Crisis

March 24, 2014 | Posted In Featured

We are all motivated in different ways. Some prefer facts and figures while others are moved by the personal stories of others. Regardless of which is true of you, one thing is clear: God calls each of us to care for the needs of waiting children. Proverbs 31:8-9 says, “Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.”

4 Statistics You Should Know About the Orphan Crisis

Let the following facts and statistics about the orphan crisis inform your heart as you consider your own part in the movement to care for orphans:

1. There are roughly 400,000 children in the US foster care system. Of that number, approximately 100,000 are waiting to be adopted.1

Every child is created in the image of God and deserves to belong to a loving family! Starting in your own community, research ways that you can help meet the needs of children in foster care. If you are considering adoption, know that Show Hope is here to help! We provide adoption aid grants to families in the adoption process. The average Show Hope financial grant is $4,000.

2. Of the children waiting in foster care, 30,000 age out every year, without families.2

One of the greatest needs for the children who age out of foster care is to connect with a loving mentor who will guide them through important decisions. If you have a small business that can provide vocational training or if you have experience with college applications and scholarships, this may be the perfect way for you to care for those who are aging out of the system! Contact your local Department of Human Services for more information about becoming a mentor.

3. The top five sending countries in inter-country adoption in 2010 were China, Ethiopia, Russia, South Korea, and Ukraine.3

James 1:27 says, “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” By becoming a Show Hope sponsor, you are answering God’s call to care for orphans!

4. Asia is home to the largest number of orphaned children in the world: 60 million, at last count.1

Show Hope is on the front lines of caring for orphans in China. Maria’s Big House of Hope in the Henan province of China supplies orphans in need with life-changing surgeries and care. Show Hope also offers care to orphans in single-floor Special Care Centers in the state-run orphanages of Zhengzhou, Jiaozuo, Nanyang, and Xinyang, China.

These facts can help us better engage our hearts and our minds as we discern how God is calling us to care for waiting children. Show Hope provides helpful resources in order to mobilize the movement to care for orphans.


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1Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS)

2Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption

3Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO)


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