How many children in orphanages have a living parent?

It's true. 8 out of 10 children living in orphanages have a living parent.

Help us change the way we care

CRS, Maestral, and Lumos have partnered together to change the way we care for children around the world.
There’s a smarter way

Around the globe many families are gripped by poverty, preventing them from providing food, shelter, and basic education for their children. This forces parents to look for alternative ways to meet these basic needs. Sometimes poverty pushes families to give their children to an orphanage. And sadly, sometimes parents are deceived into this decision. But what if we could help families so they never have to make this heartbreaking decision?

We are already seeing results in Kenya and Moldova

With a strong commitment from the Moldovan government, the past decade has seen the number of children in institutions decrease by 86%, the number of children with disabilities living in residential schools decrease by 76%, while the number of children in family and community-based care has increased by 219%.

Kenya is committed to the protection of children’s rights. With a strong cultural history of kinship care, or care by the extended family, Kenya is now transitioning away from orphanages toward reuniting children with families, or to finding a family for every child.

Meet a care leaver

Everyday, all over the world, kids who have spent all or part of their lives in orphanages and other institutions age-out of the system. These young adults leave care to fend for themselves having never participated in or been part of a community.

Having no support and little understanding of how to function in the outside world care leavers struggle to lead full and productive lives. Research has shown that care leavers are 10 times more likely to end up in sex work, 40 times more likely to have criminal records and 500 times more likely to commit suicide.

My life changed because of this program, and generosity of people like you.

Together we can Change The Way We Care NOW and prevent these young people from ever having to be faced with such challenges in their adult lives!

Catholic Relief Services, Lumos, and Maestral…

Have come together to bring their decades of experience and expertise, working with vulnerable children around the world, to Change The Way We Care.



Other ways to get involved

Every child deserves a family and together we can Change the Way We Care by getting involved in any way that our time and resources allow. It doesn’t take much and there are so many small ways to make a difference!

In collaboration with Build-A-Bear, you can support this global movement. Build-A-Bear developed a special “Hugs N’ Hope” bear, available exclusively at Build-A-Bear Workshops in conjunction with a Build-A-Bear Party experience.