There seemed to be a theme about babies on most of the photo sites I visited.

Baby sits in a basket while waiting to board a train in Nanjing, China.

Baby with her mother before leaving for resettlement in the US, from the Mae La Refuge Camp near the Thai-Burmese border.

1) Every country has far too may orphaned childern.  In a recent New York Times story about orphans in Russia Yelena B. Mizulina, chairwoman of the parliamentary committee on family and children, states the shocking statistic: Russia has more orphans now, 700,000, than at the end of World War II, when an estimated 25 million Soviet citizens were killed.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/04/world/europe/04adopt.html?hpw

From the article, by Clifford Levy:

“There is nothing dreary about Orphanage No. 11. It has rooms filled with enough dolls and trains and stuffed animals to make any child giggly. It has speech therapists and round-the-clock nurses and cooks who delight in covertly slipping a treat into a tiny hand. It has the feel of a place where love abounds.

What it does not have are many visits from potential parents.

 

Few of its children will ever be adopted — by Russians or foreigners. When they reach age 7 and are too old for this institution they will be shuttled to the next one, reflecting an entrenched system that is much better at warehousing children — and profiting from them — than finding them families.

Ms. Mizulina noted that for all  the compliants about the return of Artyom Savelyev, by his adoptive mother in Tennessee, Russia itself has plenty of experience with failed placements. She said 30,000 children in the last three years inside Russia were sent back to institutions by their adoptive, foster or guardianship families.”

2) SOS Children’s Villages is the world’s largest non-governmental, non-denominational child welfare organization.  Founded in 1949, by Hermann Gmeiner, in Imst, Austria, there are now over 80,000 children in more than 500 villages in 132 countries.

SOS video:

SOS America web site – http://www.sos-usa.org

3) The organization helping children that I personally support is Thrive Africa.  Just click the banner on the top right corner of my blog.

I wrote a blog about Thrive Africa here

http://thriveafrica.org/

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