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Our good friend Jason Kovacs (@jasonkovacs on Twitter) of Abba Fund (@abbafund on Twitter) recently did a post on their blog with updated global numbers regarding the orphan population.

True numbers are hard to get as there are many different definitions of what makes one an orphan. But at the end of the day, I’d rather not use the word orphan. To me, that dehumanizes the situation much like the word fetus does to an unborn child. These numbers represent little boys, little girls. It is someone that has been created by God. He or she has been created to do great things, God has great plans for them — until sin got in the way and disrupted those plans.

Here are a few of those statistics. Click over to Jason’s post for them all.

  • The most recent estimate is that there are approximately 145 million orphans in the world (UNICEF 2008). For this number, an orphan is defined as a child who has lost one or both parents.
  • More than 15 million children have lost one or both parents to AIDS, over 11.6 million of whom live in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • In 2007 67.5 million Children in South Asia and East Asia had lost one or both parents due to all causes.
  • Included in the 2008 estimate of 145 million orphans are more than 92 million that have a surviving mother—-with whom they most likely live.
  • Approximately 15 million children are “double” orphans—growing up without either mother or father.  That’s about ten percent of the whole 145 million.

Each year, an estimated 20,000 young people “age out” of the U.S. foster care system. Many are only 18 years old and still need support and services. Several foster care alumni studies show that without a lifelong connection to a caring adult, these older youth are often left vulnerable to a host of adverse situations:

Outcomes
Earned a high school diploma         54%
Obtained a Bachelor’s degree or higher     2%
Became a parent                 84%
Were unemployed                 51%
Had no health insurance             30%
Had been homeless                 25%
Were receiving public assistance         30%

What’s your role in changing these numbers? It can be overwhelming to look at the 145 million number. I don’t think we can help 145 million children but we can look into the eyes of ONE child and say, “what can I do for you?” or to come alongside a young couple and say “how can I help you adopt?”

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