November is National Adoption Month. I will be blogging on various topics relating to this all month but wanted to start by sharing the latest statistics concerning Orphans and Orphan care globally. I think some of these might just surprise you. I love statistics and made straight A's in each stat class I took in college. To me, you can't argue with the numbers….they speak the facts….straight and simple. I loved it. Only these numbers are not so simple. Picture each one of these stats as your son or daughter. It creates a cavernous pit in my very core and is why I cannot and will not stay silent. I have 3 living under my roof that used to be part of these statistics. As I type these….I am realizing 3 is not enough. If you are reading this you (and me) are part of the solution. There has got to be more we can do. There has to be.
*There are an estimated 153 MILLION orphans worldwide….right now. This does not include those who were abandoned as well as sold/trafficked children.
*Every 14 seconds an AIDS death leaves behind an orphaned child….
*Asia is the home to the largest number of orphaned children in the world. Over 60 million. (unicef)
*In Sub-Saharan Africa 1 out of 9 children will die before the age of 5. (unicef)
*19,000 children under the age of 5 die every day from preventable diseases and care
*67 MILLION children of primary school age worldwide….do not go to school. (sos-usa.org)
*There are over 120,000 orphan children in AMERICA while another 400,000 children live without permanent families. (HHS, AFCARS)
*Over 7 million children live in institutionalized care worldwide….including America.
*Over 1 billion children suffer from some sort of severe deprivation of basic needs every day such as water, food, and sanitation.
*Children in foster care in the US…..399,546
*Children in US system eligible for adoption right now…..101,719
*Children aging out of US foster care system currently…..23,439. 25% of these age out with no high school diploma…..40% of them homeless. (christian alliance for orphans)
*Each year 14,505,000 children age out of institutions and foster care worldwide.
*This is 38,493 PER DAY (see above).
* Of these (above) 10-15% will commit suicide, 60% of girls will become prostitutes and 70% of the boys will become hardened criminals. (orphan int'l)
*EVERY SINGLE DAY 5,760 children worldwide become orphans. Every. day.
*Every 2.2 SECONDS another orphan ages out with no family to belong to…..and no place to call home….ever.
How many caring adults does it take to make a lifelong difference for a child = 1.
Will you be one?