Study: Kids In Orphanages Can Do As Well As Those In Foster Care

“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.

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2 thoughts on “Study: Kids In Orphanages Can Do As Well As Those In Foster Care

  1. How can we forget the images we have seen of the tens of thousands of children living in orphanages in Romania; scenes of neglect and cruelty reminiscent of Nazi concentration camps during WWII. Many of those children we observed in the past are now stricken by drug abuse, HIV and tuberculous; living like rats in the nightmarish tunnels and sewers beneath Bucharest with children of their own.

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