After reading this post in our Project HOPEFUL blog I thought our Canadian readers should have a read as well.
It truly makes me wonder. With the love of a family what kind of difference in the world would one of these young men make? All these boys, and for that matter all orphans, want is a family. Why is this so hard for so many to understand? Please read this. Maybe, just maybe someone will look at their pictures and see their son and give these boys the life, the childhood, the family they all deserve. Your life might be changed forever.
Do you know anyone who would like to take a boy like me…”
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.
Tim carefully and inquisitively peers into the faces of all incoming adults, hopeful that one of them will take him into their family.
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 .