Our orphanage in Guatemala currently houses almost 20 children. We are enhancing and added on to the facilities with the goal of housing up to 50.
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Since adoptions to outside countries ceased in 2008 the number of orphanages has dropped from over 500 to 131. Obviously, these remaining orphanages are overburdened. Orphanages serve the purpose of our US foster care system taking in abused and neglected children.
The same pitiful conditions that supplied these orphanages with babies and children continues and many children living with only one parent are especially vulnerable. The most common reasons for the courts to take children are parental alcohol and drug addiction or death of a caregiver. Sexual abuse is also very common. Mothers, too poor to support another mouth, will sometimes leave their newborns at the hospital, on the side of the road or even at the garbage dump. Abandoned children are ubiquitous in larger cities, surviving however they can. The abandoned babies and children, that are lucky, are assigned to orphanages.
Examples of the types of children we see in these poor communities that need to be in orphanages.
Stories like these are plentiful and there is no question that our orphanage, Hogares Seguros Para Niños, will be full in no time.
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