3 Proven Strategies to Improve the Quality of Orphan Care
You certainly know that they’re somewhere out there, may be far across the wide oceans, or perhaps just in your own backyards. These are small babies, toddlers and teenagers who have been left to fend for themselves for whatever reasons. They are the millions of orphans who are moving through lives at the complete mercy of those who are currently in charge of their welfare in a foster care home or orphanage.
Out of the estimated 132 million children who are classified as orphans globally, only about 13 million have actually lost both their parents. Data from UNICEF indicates that the vast numbers of orphans are currently living with one surviving parent, a grandparent, or some other member of the larger family member.
Below are three strategies that are increasingly proving to be very effective towards improving the level and quality of orphan care globally.
Adopting a Child Virtually
Embracing orphan care as the collective responsibility of everybody has been shown to impact positively on the level of care accorded to orphans. Of course not everyone should or can adopt an orphan physically; but everybody can contribute to the care of such children. Giving has been shown to help the giver loosen their grip on excessive materialism and to appreciate the tragic plight of orphans.
You can begin by visiting websites that usually list “waiting children” from where you can pick out one needy child to be your own. Inform everybody in your circles about your newly adopted child and about how they could chip in to bless that child. Write about your cause on Twitter, Facebook or your blog. It is possible to directly support the needs of that child or simply send your help or items to the orphanage or foster care home where that child is being cared for.
Adopting a Family That Adopts a Child
Families that adopt a child could really use all the support they can get. You could write about them, leave comments that encourage them on their adoption blog or help them in terms of raising funds. You would, in a special way also be ‘adopting’ that family that is brave and kind enough to adopt a child.
A study undertaken in 4 rural Chinese orphanages between 2006 and 2007 found that those children who received support and care that is family-based reported the most outstanding scores on all psychological tests measures. This kind of support and care also contributes to family preservation.
Supporting those who work with orphans
Currently, only a small number of big global charities continue funding orphanages and foster care homes although many small charities as well as religious groups are holding on. It is for this reason that ministries and organizations working towards keeping orphans taken care of are in dire need of your support.
The majority of children get separated from their natural parents as a result of poverty, disease or natural disasters. By supporting those who are working with children projects, you would be contributing towards the promotion of family preservation and better orphan care.
The matter of child care and development needs a holistic approach where everybody plays a role. With the individual input of every caring person, the plight of the orphan child can be greatly mitigated. Each strategy must focus the unique physical, emotional, spiritual, cognitive and developmental needs of each child.