Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas Time!

Each year as this time comes around once again many of us are out shopping for gifts to give to our loved ones. But the sad part about the holiday season is the MILLIONS of children whose Christmas wish is a Family! As a time of joy is celebrated please remember those that are without a Christmas/holiday season. Keep the children all around the world in your thoughts and prayers as this new year brings many un-certainties for those that are on the brim of aging out! Please keep the many families who are in the process of bringing their children home in your thoughts adoption is not an easy task it is full of unknowns and difficult times especially around Christmas and Birthdays when all that the family wants is their little one home. Please remember those that will do without this Christmas and please listen to the song that I have included below because so many children around the world are wishing for something so many of us take for granted all these children really want is a family could you be that family for one of the many of children waiting. They aren't asking for a perfect family but just someone to love them. Most of these kids just want a mom and dad is that really something so big to ask for. I know not everyone is called to adopt but there are so many ways to help those that wait. You can sponsor a child or family, donate to one of the many organizations that support and help orphans. Please just don't forgot those that are waiting!

Some statics on those who wait!

Every 2 seconds a child becomes an orphan
Every day 5,760 more children in the world become orphans
Every YEAR 2,102,400 more children become orphans (in Africa alone)
143,000,0002 Orphans in the world today spend an average of 10 years3 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 OUT4 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.

There are currently about 145 Million orphans world wide below is where many are waiting this is not a complete list of every country but covers quite a few!

China has 14 Million Orphans
India: 25 million
US Foster Care: 500,000
Africa 39 Million
Brazil: 2.4 Million
Vietnam: 1.4 Million
Nepal: 850,000
Japan: 650,000
Korea: 400,000

Guatemala: 350,000 (Currently closed to Internationl adoption)

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