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The Orphan

Another adoptive mom posted this and it is a good summary—

‘Occasionally I hear people wonder out loud if adoption is really the
most “efficient” way to help the orphan crisis. It may seem like a
lot of time and resources are poured into a relatively small number
of children, when in theory more could be helped by contributing to
some type of institutional setting that could numerically care for
more.

I believe Jesus was on to something though when He took just 12
disciples under His wing. I also believe He knew what He was doing
when He designed the family. Relationships, not institutions,
change people. And relationships are rarely efficient, they are
time-consuming and costly.

Psalm 68:6 says that God sets the lonely in families. There are a
lot of lonely “orphan” people in this world, and they are not
looking for a ministry or an institution, they are seeking a friend,
some type of family to belong to.

Another beautiful thing about the family is that people are
committed to you for the rest of your life. Here are some revealing
numbers as to what happens when a child ages out of an institution:

“143,000,000 Orphans in the world today spend an average of 10 years
in an orphanage or foster home

Approximately 250,000 children are adopted annually, but…

Every YEAR 14,050,000 children still grow up as orphans and AGE OUT
of the system

Every DAY 38,493 children AGE OUT

Every 2.2 SECONDS, another orphan child AGES OUT with no family to
belong to and no place to call home

In Ukraine and Russia 10% -15% of children who age out of an
orphanage commit suicide before age 18.

60% of the girls are lured into prostitution. 70% of the boys become
hardened criminals.5

Many of these children accept job offers that ultimately result in
their being sold as slaves. Millions of girls are sex slaves today,
simply because they were unfortunate enough to grow up as orphans.”
(Jenny) — posted by Jody

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