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There are an estimated 153 million children around the world who have lost one or both parents.1 Millions more children have been abandoned or displaced, with exact figures unknown. Over 5,700 children are orphaned daily, and more than 8 million orphaned children live in institutional care rather than with a family or in a foster home.2 Asia is home to the largest number of orphaned children — approximately 60 million.3 The 8 million orphaned or abandoned children living in state-run institutions are at risk for a variety of negative emotional, mental and physical consequences.4 Through the Bucharest Early Intervention Project, researchers found that orphans placed in institutional care had low speech, language and social capabilities, and developed attachment disorders.5 Additionally, studies of nearly 4,000 children in 19 countries found that children raised in orphanages had lower IQs than children raised in a home6 and often had a lack of emotional control.7 Show References
1 http://www.sos-usa.org/our-impact/childrens-statistics 2 Ibid 3 http://www.sos-usa.org/our-impact/childrens-statistics 4 http://www.sparrowintl.org/facts-statistics/ 5 https://blog.oup.com/2016/03/emotional-neglect-institutionalization-children-adoption/ 6 Ibid 7 https://www.apa.org/monitor/2014/06/neglect.aspx
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