THERE ARE
8 MILLION
ORPHANS LIVING IN INSTITUTIONS TODAY
That’s nearly the population of New York City.
That’s 2X the number of students in the 10 largest school districts in the US.
It’s nearly the population of Switzerland.
Most children in institutions will grow up without ever knowing the love of a family.

 

Why?
Deeply rooted systemic
problems including:
Lack of education
Lack of resources
Corruption
Poverty
Misguided policies
The average institution has just 1 adult caregiver for every 20 children.
What does institutional care look like?
In many institutions, orphans are warehoused in rooms filled with cribs that resemble cages. These precious children are left in these cribs all day long—they are not touched, comforted, or even known by name. They don’t have access to the education, therapies, or medical care they need to grow and thrive. In most cases, there is no plan for how these children will leave the institution—meaning they will never know the love of a family or what it means it be a successful, independent adult.
On average, children living in institutions have an IQ that is 20 points lower than children raised in a family.
“Toxic stress response can occur when a child experiences strong, frequent, and/or prolonged adversity—such as physical or emotional abuse, [or] chronic neglect. . .without adequate adult support. . .When toxic stress response occurs continually, or is triggered by multiple sources, it can have a cumulative toll on an individual’s physical and mental health—for a lifetime. The more adverse experiences in childhood, the greater the likelihood of developmental delays and later health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, substance abuse, and depression.” —Harvard University Center on the Developing Child
Tragically, if no one intervenes, most of the children living in institutions will continue to live in deplorable conditions with no hope of ever finding a path to family.
The Good News
with early intervention and supportive, responsive relationships with caregivers, the effects of toxic stress can be prevented and reversed.
All God’s Children International is committed to intervening in the orphan crisis.