9 Powerful Stats About The Orphan Crisis

June 19, 2015 | Posted In Featured | Share

9 Powerful Stats About The Orphan Crisis

As you read the following statistics, keep in mind that every number represents a child — a child who is waiting for a family to love and care for them. Although it can be difficult to comprehend the magnitude of need in the world through facts and figures, it is Show Hope’s mission to give every child an opportunity to become more than just another statistic. Let these facts help you as you look for ways to serve the world’s waiting children.

Each statistic illustrates the great need for orphan care in both the United States and around the world. No child should have to be without the love of a family or the medical care needed for survival. With your help, Show Hope is dedicated to meeting the needs of orphans. With the generosity of donors and sponsors, Show Hope is able to give financial grants to families in the adoption process as well as provide life-saving medical care for orphans with special needs. It is the donations and support of people like you that make these miracles possible!

Whether you are considering adoption or wanting to find out more ways to assist in caring for orphans, Show Hope offers a variety of resources. Please connect with us to learn more about the movement to care for orphans!


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2U.S. Department of State

3U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

4Dave Thomas Foundation

5Christian Alliance for Orphans

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  • Amy

    As an adoptive (domestic) mother myself, this kind of article breaks my heart and makes me mad. It doesn’t have to be that way. There are so many wonderful families and people out there (all over the world, I’m sure) who would love to adopt children and raise them in loving, caring families. But…..the process is horrible, expensive, and very uncertain at best sometimes. I know people say that adopting from foster care is not expensive, but I know of several families who have gone that route and have not found that to be true. I wish there was some way of simplifying the process or somehow opening it up for more people to be eligible to adopt. Unfortunately it seems way too much like a business and not so much about the families. My opinion, but I think it is an educated one. Children need families, and when the costs climb to $20 or $30 thousand dollars, it eliminates many perfectly capable, willing, and able families from even trying. God Bless these kids. I wish something would change……

    • Robbi

      You are so right. My husband tried to adopt through the foster care system and it was horrible to say the least. I inquired on literally a hundred or more children in every state of this country. I received maybe 5 responses. We were interviewed twice. We were finally matched to a girl in our own county and began visitations. After being told over and over again that things were going better than expected visitations we’re suddenly stopped. We were told it wasn’t us, we did nothing wrong but we were never given a proper explanation. We were heartbroken and devastated to say the least. Although I wanted to keep trying my husband said that he couldn’t go through it again. I guess it wasn’t God’s plan for us after all. My heart aches for the children. I guess my part will be praying for them.

      • Amy

        So sorry Robbi. My husband and I went through hell and back for more than ten years before we adopted our boys (biological brothers adopted 3 years apart). The first was a private situation, the second we had to fight with the foster care system. While were would be able to adopt more children financially, emotionally, and otherwise, we cannot and will not because of the huge expenses involved. We are thankful every day for the miracles we have experienced and wish for others the same joy. That’s why I get angry when people glibly say they’ll “just adopt”. It certainly isn’t that easy. <3

  • m

    I don’t have any children and it breaks my heart to see the way so many children are treated these days. The stats in this article make me feel worse.

    I’m in poor health and my husband has a 7 year old felony OWI conviction. He’s been sober for 6 1/2 years and there’s nothing contagious about my health issues but they prevent me from going out to church (we watch several services on TV each week.)

    We have plenty of room – 2 extra bedrooms, a house on a little more that 1 1/2 acres – 1 1/4 in the front yard and 128′ of lake front in our back yard (small lake, but big enough for swimming, fishing and canoeing.) Children are only allowed in the backyard without an adult.

    My husband and I love each other very much and love God even more. Would we be able to adopt or would our past and present problems prevent us from being eligible?

  • Laura Staats

    Politicians, lawyers, administration all want a piece of the inflated pie….selling children. ????

  • Kathy

    Any child without a loving family breaks my heart. Adoption is very complicated, very expensive, and not without its difficulties. After adopting a child and working in orphan care I have learned and am still learning. Let’s keep in mind that the significant financial fees may or may not all be legitimate, BUT they are a deterrent to human traffickers thereby protecting vulnerable children.

  • Korie

    Wondering why UNICEF is listed on here, they do not have any evidence of supporting international adoption, it’s thought that they’re part of why it’s being shut down in all of these places…

  • Nyarenda Ray Pastor

    What a great website,full of great information and equipping stuff. I am loving it. Keep up the good work.