Better policies could do a lot to help children orphaned by Ebola.
Governments in West Africa and international aid agencies should help facilitate adoptions locally and provide better health care and education to support entire communities.
‘Millions of children in overseas orphanages … would dearly love to have parents’, claims Tony Abbott, and his government is making intercountry adoption easier.
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Most of the world's 'orphans' are not orphans at all and many are caught up in a global trade in meeting demand for adoption. Making intercountry adoption easier adds to the risks for these children.
In the wake of the Nepal earthquake it’s important people don’t rush in to “rescue” kids who might not in fact be orphaned.
Following the earthquake in 2010, people flocked to Haiti to "rescue" orphaned and lost children. The problem that has since emerged is that many of the "orphans" placed in orphanages and sent for adoption, were not orphaned at all.
The number of orphanages in developing nations has dramatically increased in the past decade, driven by a fraudulent trade in ‘paper orphans’.
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The number of orphanages in developing nations has dramatically increased in the past decade, but where are the "orphans" coming from?