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February 24, 2008

The Orphan Crisis

• There are 143,000,000 orphans in the world
• There are 20,000,000 “displaced children” in the world
• The combined count of these categories makes the orphan population the 7th
largest nation on the planet – slightly larger than Russia
• In Eastern Europe, less that 50% of the orphan population will live to see their
20th birthdays
• In Eastern Europe, of the orphans that survive their 20th birthdays, 50% will
end up in organized crime, drugs, or prostitution
• In Africa, homeless children are armed and used for war
• In Africa, there is a concerted effort to extend children’s lives beyond 5 years
of age
• In the US, 25,000 children will leave the foster care system without families
• 25% of these foster children become homeless,
• 56% of these emancipated foster care children enter the unemployment ranks
• 27% of the emancipated male children in foster care end up in jail
• 30% of the emancipated females in foster care experience early parenthood
• 30,000 children in foster care are simply dropped from state care because
they have run away
• In the US, young adults ages 18 – 24 in the general population still live at
home with their parents
• Youths age out of orphanages and foster care at age 18 when they are not
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