There are literally millions upon millions of children around the world who have lost one or more parents, are hungry and starved for love. They are orphans.
The facts about orphans around the world are sadly staggering.
Here are some of them:
- It is estimated that 140 million children worldwide are orphans. By UNICEF’s definition, this is a child who has lost one or more parents.
- Worldwide, there are 168 million who are child laborers, accounting for almost 11 percent of children.
- There are 62.8 million children worldwide who suffer from acute malnutrition
- Nearly half of all deaths in children under 5 are attributable to undernutrition. This translates into the unnecessary loss of about 3 million young lives a year 66 million primary school-age children attend classes hungry across the developing world, with 23 million in Africa alone in 2015, there were about 16,000 deaths every day of children under the age of five.
- 7 million babies die every year in their first month of life and a similar number are stillborn.
- 9 million children under the age of 5 died in 2015, equivalent to 11 children every minute
- Children represent almost half of all people living in extreme poverty although they make up roughly a third of the world’s population
- There were 19.5 million refugees in 2015; half of them were children
In the United States
While the estimates vary, it is safe to say there are currently more than 400,000 children in foster care in the United States. They range in age from infants to 21 years old. The average age of a child in foster care is more than 8 years old, and there are slightly more boys than girls.
101,666 of these children are eligible for adoption, but nearly 32% of these children will wait over three years in foster care before being adopted.
Children and youth enter foster care because they have been abused, neglected, or abandoned by their parents or guardians. All of these children have experienced loss and some form of trauma.
One Final Note that is Especially Alarming
Another crisis in itself around the world and right here in the United States is the fact that many children – even as young as five years old – are victims of human trafficking.
In some foreign countries these human trafficker will raid orphanages and steal these children – forcing them to lead a terrible life in ways that are almost unfathomable.
There are many efforts being made, including those of our own FBI, to fight this terrible crime, but there has been little progress. It’s truly an uphill battle.
International adoption is one way we can help some of these children have a happy and normal life. Unfortunately there are corrupt governments in many foreign countries that actually partner with these traffickers and provide them with access to these so-called orphanages.
There are also many international organizations, such as the Salvation Army, that are actively trying to rescue many of these vulnerable children.
Tara Tauber: Let Me Help
You may know that my husband and I have experienced the joy of adopting our own daughter. I come to you with first-hand experience about the proper process for adoption, whether it is a child from the foster care system, a private adoption, or an international adoption. You can choose a newborn or an older child, domestically or internationally.
While the process of becoming an adoptive parent is getting easier in a number of ways, there are still many complexities involved. Tauber Law Offices can help you get through the process from the beginning until the time you proudly hold your new child in your arms.
No doubt you have many questions about the process. It can be complex. Put your concerns away and let’s visit about the many options available to you.
Your initial consultation is free at Tauber Law Offices.
If you know someone who is pregnant and considering placing her child for adoption, please get in touch with me. I can get her the help she needs to make an informed decision that is best for her and her unborn child.