9 Powerful Stats on Orphan Crisis

  •  The births of nearly 230 million children under age 5 worldwide (about one in three) have never been recorded, depriving them of their right to a name and nationality.1

  • As of 2013, an estimated 17.7 million children worldwide had lost one or both parents to AIDS. Most of these children live in sub-Saharan Africa.1

  • In 2013, California and Texas were the two U.S. states with the most children in public foster care waiting for adoption.2

  • Of the estimated 238,280 children who exited foster care during 2013, the median amount of time spent in care was 21.8 months.3

  • Last year, nearly 9,000 children were adopted internationally.4

  • The average waiting child is 7.5 years old.4

  • Every year more than 23,000 children age out of foster care, leaving them without families of their own.4

  • 81.5 million Americans have considered adoption. If just 1 in 500 of these adults adopted, every waiting child would have a permanent family.4

  • Inter-country adoption has decreased 59 percent from its high in 2004, due primarily to restrictions by sending countries.5

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Sources

 

1UNICEF

2U.S. Department of State

3U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

4Dave Thomas Foundation

5Christian Alliance for Orphans

Adapted: https://showhope.org/

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