What Happens to Orphans in Other Countries?

In this blog post, we will be discussing the orphan house in Haiti. We’ll talk about what happens to orphans who have been abandoned by their parents and then adopted by an orphanage. How do they live day-to-day? What are some of the challenges they face? For more information on what goes on behind closed doors, please read our blog post about life at an orphanage!

What is an Orphanage?
An orphanage, as defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is a place where children are cared for by others because they have no parents or their parents can’t take care of them. While some orphans may be completely abandoned and not have any contact with their biological families at all, many are given up by their parents because they either cannot afford to care for them or because of some form of personal turmoil in the family.

What Happens to Orphans Who Grow Up at an Orphanage?
Many times, children who grow up without a family have a hard time trusting others and fitting into society as adults. They might be wary of other people and might not have much experience dealing with interpersonal relationships. Some children who are raised as orphan houses can suffer from low self-esteem because they don’t know where they fit into society or what their purpose is. Many times, children who grow up in an orphanage are given a very small allowance for taking care of themselves and their living spaces, so they do not have much experience with household chores or budgeting.

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What Happens if Children Grow Up in an Orphanage and Want to be Adopted?
Many times, there are children who are raised in orphanages but want to be adopted by a family at some point. In many countries, the laws on adoption between countries are not in place or well-known, so children end up staying in orphanages for their entire lives. They might be told that they cannot be adopted or that the process is difficult and will take a long time. This can leave them feeling hopeless and as if there is no light at the end of the tunnel for them.

What is Life Like at an Orphanage?
Many children who are raised in orphanages will have up to twelve other roommates. They will share their living space with many different people and might not get much alone time as the older children constantly take advantage of the younger ones. In some cases, there’s a lot of physical violence that occurs. The children might be left in dirty rooms with very few belongings and only the clothes they’re wearing.

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What is Life Like After Being Adopted?
After being adopted, many children from orphanages are placed in homes that have not had much experience taking care of kids. They might not know what to feed them or when to expect them to sleep. They might not know how to discipline them or take care of their medical needs.

Next Steps!
If you’re interested in learning more about adoption, check out our blog post on the subject here and reach out if you have any questions! We’d love to hear from you!

Shelly Gagnon, The Orphan Team
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Shelly Gagnon is a marketing specialist and blogger at The Orphan Team. She loves sharing her knowledge of the adoption process to help make choosing an orphan program easier for hopeful adoptive parents. You can ask her anything about adoption by connecting with her on Twitter and Facebook.

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