The orphan crisis is a global tragedy. It crosses international borders, racial divides, and economic classes. It impacts children from every walk of life, and something must be done about it.
Here are a few key stats to help better understand the orphan crisis:
- The births of nearly 230 million children under age 5 worldwide (about one in three) have never been officially recorded. Without legal documentation, these children face a higher risk of being trafficked and a smaller chance of finding the love and protection of a family through adoption.
- 81.5 million Americans have considered adoption, but less than one in 500 of these have actually adopted. The reasons for this difference is as wide-ranging as it is complex, although two key factors are the cost of adoption and restrictions in place for sending countries.
- As of 2013, an estimated 17.7 million children worldwide had lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS. Most of these children live in sub-Saharan Africa. Many children living as orphans are now also living with a positive HIV status.
You can’t solve the whole orphan crisis on your own, and that’s okay.
Each of those numbers is not just a number — it is a real child, and every child needs to know the love of a family. You can take actions to help change the life of a child for the better.