In China, there are an estimated 90,000 children growing up in government-run orphanages located across the country, although in reality this figure is likely to be significantly higher. A decade ago, China's orphanages were filled with healthy girls, reflecting the one child policy. Now it is estimated that 98% of abandoned children have disabilities. Although orphanages can meet children's basic needs, living within a family is most beneficial for children's well-being and development.
Our local team travels across China providing training and support in family placement to government-run orphanages. This enables them to establish family placement programmes, whereby children are moved out of the orphanage and into local foster families. The goal of our training is to ensure staff from each orphanage are fully confident in recruiting and training suitable foster carers from the local community, as well as placing, supporting and monitoring children as they move into families.
This project has the potential to impact 90,000+ orphaned and abandoned children across China, giving them the chance to grow up within local, loving families where they will be nurtured to reach their full potential. "Living in an orphanage is like living in a box - there are so many rules. In a family, there are rules too, but there is also a sense of being free. I've learnt so much from my foster family. They have taught me the skills I need for life." Foster child
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