Friday, October 22, 2010

31/21: Orphanages & Institutions

Many people in the United States, especially the younger generation, do not know what an orphanage or institution is. The U.S. used to have them, but due to mothers being able to "diagnose" their child before it is born these days, they can abort (kill) their child, without "anyone knowing". The abortion rate for babies with down syndrome is about 90%! But God knows, and He will judge everyone according to their deeds.

An orphanage is a place where babies and young children are sent when, typically, their family does not want them. This is because their society views them as "different" and that they will make their life hard - because they are diagnosed with something - Down Syndrome, cleft palate, some "deformity". So, they hide them away in an orphanage where the child will lack in nutrition and love. Five year old kids, that have grown up in the orphanage, are normally the size of a 2 year old, or smaller. Some of the children that are not as "high functioning", are tied to a crib for hours out of the day. Lately, it has become a lot easier for families to adopt children out of these orphanages. It is AMAZING to see the difference once they are home and receive the love of a family, they thrive, both mentally and physically.

When they turn a certain age, I think it is 5 or 6, they are then transfered to an institution. It is the same kind of place, just for older children. Many children die shortly after moving to an institution. It is a LOT harder to adopt from an institution, if not impossible in some places.

It truly is horrible. But, nobody is going to get away with anything in this world and God will take care of it all.

Here are a few links with more info.

She Died An Orphan
The Lost Boys...A Mental Insitute

There's my post for today. I hope you learned something new, or got reminded, because that is reality, and thinking of all that - we are extremely blessed here. . .



Eliya said...

Hi Suriyah, just wanted to let you know that I've been enjoying your posts. Have you heard of NATTHAN/CHASK? They help a lot of families with special needs children. NATTHAN is encouraging and equipping homeschooling families with their special needs children and CHASK helps people not abort their special needs child and helps them find Christian homes to adopt them if they can't/won't keep them. Here are their links:

Keep up the good work!

Suriyah said...

Thank you for the links, Eliya. My sister, Qadoshyah, said she's heard of both before but never really looked into CHASK I guess. Our family would LOVE to adopt but the overseas adoptions take a lot of time having to fly overseas. We've really considered it, but we'll look into this CHASK organization... just maybe. . .!

Take care,