Over 80% of children living in orphanages have a living parent.
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Changing The Way We Care Receives $15 Million as Finalist in MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change Competition
See the press release here. Catholic Relief Services, Lumos and Maestral International, thanks the MacArthur Foundation for making our initiative, Changing the Way We Care a finalist in the 100&Change competition. For many years, we have been fighting for the rights of children in orphanages. 100&Change gave us the unique opportunity to shine a spotlight on the orphanage industry and draw attention to the needs of children who are too often invisible to the world.
We thank the MacArthur Board of Directors for its commitment to our vision. With their generous $15 million award, we can do more than just dream. We are already on our way to building a louder global movement that will find safe and nurturing families for every child in an orphanage. This is only the beginning.
WHY THIS MATTERS
80-90% of “orphans” have a living parent. They are placed into orphanages oftentimes because their parents simply don’t have the resources to care for them. Many well-meaning donors fund orphanages, trying to make a positive difference in children’s lives. Unfortunately, the opposite effect is often achieved. Together, we must CHANGE THE WAY WE CARE.
Let’s start by changing the conversation.
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New Opinion Poll Shows Americans in the Dark about Orphanages;
Accompanying Research Review Underlines the Damaging Effects Of Orphanages
A new poll and research review shows a high level of misinformation about an industry receiving hundreds of millions of dollars in donations every year: orphanages. With the best of intentions, many Americans are sustaining orphanages that research clearly shows can lower children’s IQs, stunt their growth and increase child abuse.
The poll was commissioned by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to assess public understanding of orphans and orphanages in developing countries and showed widespread misunderstanding, perpetuating the spread of the global ‘orphan industry.’ The United States eliminated orphanages some 50 years ago in favor of family care, but the poll shows 87% of those surveyed believe they still exist here. While poverty is the No. 1 reason that children around the world end up in orphanages, only 26% of respondents believed this to be the case. Instead, nearly half (46%) said the top reason that children are in orphanages is the loss of a parent, and two in three (68%) rank the loss of a parent among the top two most common reasons. The reality is 80-90% of children in orphanages have at least one living parent. American Perceptions of Orphans and Orphanages: An Opinion Survey.
Decades of research show the damaging effects of orphanages on children, summarized in a new report titled The State of Residential Care for Children and Implications for Human Development. It shows the negative effect on children’s health and development that often lasts way into adulthood. Orphanage care can result in:
Lower IQs, poor learning skills and stunted physical growth;
The loss of one month of physical growth for every two to three months spent in an orphanage;
A higher prevalence of mood and attachment disorders;
And are at much greater risk of abuse and neglect.