|Traditionally, for those children who have lost both of their parents through death, desertion, abandonment, or court termination of parental rights, Orphans Overseas seeks to place these children in permanent adoptive homes; first with the biological family, then within their own culture, and lastly through intercountry adoption. A loving stable environment is our goal for each child, and there will always be extenuating circumstances where a child cannot grow up in his or her own family and will benefit from adoption.
||For those orphans* who remain with a single parent or who live in an orphanage with the hope of returning home someday, Orphans Overseas provides developmentally enriching education programs for the youngest of learners all the way through university scholarships. Our goal is to help orphan children stay on target developmentally and prevent achievement gaps when parents or orphanages are unable to provide this necessary support. We want children to grow up to be successful adults.
||Parents confronted with the option of keeping children they are unable to feed versus receiving money from a child trafficker face an unconscionable choice. As child trafficking has risen, Orphans Overseas has committed significant energy to work with single parents empowering them to feed and care for their own children, whenever possible, and to provide a loving nurturing environment for them. We provide vocational training and educational support for single parents, even before birth, enabling them to feed and care for their children with dignity, without handouts. Providing a stable, nurturing environment for a parent and her child is effective in preventing all the risks confronting orphans; stunting, wasting, disease, abandonment, trafficking, and death.
*Orphan can refer to a child who has lost one or both parents. It is estimated that there are 132 million orphan children in the world. Of those, 13 million have lost both parents. UNICEF offers the explanation for their statistics and orphan terminology on their website. Click here to read it.
When Orphans Overseas focuses our work on single parent orphans, we attempt to target the single parent households who are at highest risk and provide them with the support they require to continue providing care for their child(ren).