In Eastern European countries, at around age 16, orphans are forced to leave the orphanage system to enter the world with limited education, minimal support, and sometimes the just learned knowledge that they have HIV. Within the first five years, almost 90% of these orphans end up in crime, prostitution, drug and alcohol addiction, or commit suicide.
In Russia 10% -15% of children who “age out” commit suicide before age 18. 70% of the boys become hardened criminals.
We have four amazing boys on our list that could easily become statistics: Tim, Jack, Jonah, and Joshua. All of whom, have glowing reports. All are young men that want to make a difference in the world. All know the chances of them being adopted are slim. We have the chance to intervene and change the stories of these boys.
Please consider becoming a FIG, or adopting one of our older boys. They have been waiting way too long for a family. Please help give them the childhood they desearve.
This article was written by Jenni Johnston, Waiting Child List Coordinator for Project HOPEFUL. You can view children who are currently waiting for families by visiting http://www.projecthopeful.org/waiting-kids .