Sunday, November 3, 2013

Did You Know?

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. (

*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?

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