“Please, sir, I want some more,” Oliver Twist famously asked in the food line at an orphanage.
Instead he got a blow to the head with a ladle.
In the real world, conditions at orphanages can be even bleaker. Back in the 1990s, media coverage of Romanian orphanages showed dozens of children sitting unclothed in crowded rooms. Most were neglected, and many were suffering from debilitating diseases like polio. Those with mental disabilities were confined to cribs or straitjackets.
So the call has always been to take the world’s estimated 2 million to 8 million orphaned and abandoned children living in institutions, and place them with foster families.