4 Important Stats About The Orphan Crisis
May 25, 2016 |
Posted In Adoption Aid |
The orphan crisis is a global tragedy. It crosses international borders, racial divides, and economic classes. It impacts children from every walk of life, and something must be done about it.
Right now, there are more than 150 million children in the world living as orphans. In America, there are currently around 400,000 children living in foster care.
Here are a few key stats to help better understand the orphan crisis:
- The births of nearly 230 million children under age 5 worldwide (about one in three) have never been officially recorded. Without legal documentation, these children face a higher risk of being trafficked and a smaller chance of finding the love and protection of a family through adoption.
- 81.5 million Americans have considered adoption, but less than one in 500 of these have actually adopted. The reasons for this difference is as wide-ranging as it is complex, although two key factors are the cost of adoption and restrictions in place for sending countries.
- Every year, around 23,000 children age out of the foster care system, leaving them without the protection, advocacy, or legals right provided through a family.
- As of 2013, an estimated 17.7 million children worldwide had lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS. Most of these children live in sub-Saharan Africa. Many children living as orphans are now also living with a positive HIV status.
It’s important to understand the issue we are working to solve, but we can’t let the numbers overwhelm us. You can take actions to help change the life of a child for the better.
What will you do to play your part in caring for orphans today?
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