The simple fact is that only a small number of the mostly younger abandoned children
living in Chinese orphanages will find homes through domestic and international
adoption. While CCAI is able to place orphans as old as 13 years, we do understand
that once a child has reached about seven years of age, his or her chance of ever
being adopted is further reduced.
Placement of older orphans in foster families is also
not common. Most of the older children—many with special needs—reside in the orphanages,
grouped with similar-aged boys and girls, until they are 17 or 18 years old.
There is not a standard upper age limit of children under the care of an orphanage.
Some orphanages will release their healthy children and children with minor physical
conditions into society when they reach the age of 16. Some orphanages wait until
the child reaches 18. Orphanages usually assist these older teenagers to find a
job, and the government encourages companies to hire handicapped workers through
tax incentives. However, due to the high unemployment rate in most parts of China,
orphanages face an uphill battle to convince companies to accept their children,
even those with some learned skills.
Through generous donations to the Children Charity Fund (CCF), we are able to provide
older children growing up in Chinese orphanages with health care, life skills, and
knowledge they will need to eventually function as independent, productive, and
healthy adults in society.
Previously, CCF has spent money on medical treatments, education, clothing, and
even bicycles for older orphans. In all cases, we try to show older orphans that
they are not forgotten. For more information on how you can get involved in helping
older orphanage kids, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please check with your employer to see if they will match your donation.