The Orphan Crisis

• There are 143,000,000 orphans in the world

• There are an additional 20,000,000 “displaced children” in the world

• The combined count of these categories makes the orphan population the 7th largest nation

   on the planet – slightly larger than the population of Russia

• In Eastern Europe, less than 50% of the orphan population will live to see their 20th birthdays

• In Eastern Europe, of the orphans that survive their 20th birthdays, 50% will end up in organized crime, drugs, or prostitution

• In Africa, homeless children are armed and used for war

• In Africa, there is a concerted effort to extend children’s lives beyond 5 years of age

• In the US, 25,000 children will leave the foster care system without families

• 25% of these foster children become homeless,

• 56% of these emancipated foster care children enter the unemployment ranks

• 27% of the male children who leave the foster care system end up in jail

• 30% of the female children who leave the foster care system experience early parenthood

• 30,000 children in foster care are simply dropped from state care because they have  run away    

• In the US, most young adults ages 18 – 24 still live at home with their parents, while approximately 25,000 children are  annually   released at age 18 from the foster care system without families to support them


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