The following statistics are taken from The Gazetta of Music Missions Kiev May, 2005.

Orphan Statistics

  • There are over 100,000 orphans in Ukraine.
  • The older an orphan gets, the chances for his/her adoption drastically decrease.
  • Each year many orphans between 15 to 18-years-old leave the orphanages.
  • Most of these orphans have no one to turn to for help.
  • About 10% of them will commit suicide after leaving the orphanage before their 18th birthday.
  • 60% of the girls will end up in prostitution
  • 70% of the boys will enter a life of crime
  • Only 27% of these youth will find work

These youth live in a country that labels them as "useless" and gives no assistance to turn their lives around. It is a society that has created its own problem by placing thousands of children in orphanages, and then when they come of age, they give them no assistance to lead a successful life. It is almost as if the system places them in trade schools to become "slaves of the State" to fill the low-income jobs of unskilled labor and remain the under-trodden, 2nd-class citizens that the majority of the population of Ukraine believe that they are.

Other Statistics

  • There are presently 6,000 adoptions a year (almost all foreigners adopting).
  • Only 10% of orphans are in orphanages because of death of a parent, 90% are social orphans - due to alcoholism, abandonment, or imprisonment of parents.
  • There are 450 orphanages or orphan homes in Ukraine. Of these:
    • 50 are baby houses
    • 100 are regular orphanages for ages 8-17
    • 100 are boarding schools for specialized needs including learning disabilities
    • 100 are shelters where 30,000 children live temporarily between leaving home and being assigned to an orphanage.
    • 100 are private institutions, housing a total of 1000 children, mostly Christian efforts.

What Do Orphans Need?

I asked my kids (about twenty-five 17-21 year olds that I work with weekly). The unanimously agreed that the first was LOVE. And the second was TIME: come and play games, or teach the children in the orphanage. They said that money and things such as clothes, candy, toys, etc. were not so important. Visits and contact are important. CBN showed a video interviewing grad orphans, who are now out of the orphanage, as to what is important to them. Their answers were:
  • Someone to trust
  • A person who is committed to help them
  • A flat - place to live
  • "Someone to hold my hand"
  • Moral support of friends
  • God's help