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153 Million Orphaned and Vulnerable Children

As the number of orphans continues to rise, it is not up to one church or person to solve this crisis. We need each other.

140 million. It’s a rough estimate for the number of orphans in our world today. As unfathomable as this number is, it does not even include those who are undocumented, on the streets, or living in extremely vulnerable conditions — abused and neglected.

As local churches and ministries seek to care for the children around them, they often find they are not equipped to care for children from traumatic backgrounds. They also struggle to find the resources, both financial and physical, to meet the needs of those around them.

They have the heart to help, but aren’t sure where to turn.

Serving Alongside One-Another

This work is where we see God connecting the dots. Throughout Scripture, God commands His people to care for the vulnerable to demonstrate His character and His gospel. We see God equip different people with different skills and resources to fulfill this mission.

As Lifeline partners with churches and orphan care ministries in 12 countries, we see the many opportunities where churches can come alongside one another — financially, physically, and through prayer.

As we walk with brothers and sisters in Christ in their home country, James 1:27 is brought to life. Christians are equipped to care for the vulnerable in their community. Deaf children hear the gospel through sign language for the first time. Vulnerable families are cared for, supported, and set free from enslavement. Youth learn tangible job skills like farming or sewing and abused teenage girls find hope and healing.

140m

Orphaned Children

0.5%

Will Ever Have the Chance to Be Adopted

2,000+

Children Impacted By Lifeline Programs/Year

12

International Strategic Partners in Orphan Care

Walking Hand-In-Hand In These Relationships

The Lord has opened doors for Lifeline to meet and cultivate relationships with dozens of churches and orphan care ministries over the years. Today, in 26 countries, we have deep-rooted friendships with Christ-followers working every day to bring gospel hope to those around them in the slums, the suburbs, the country, or the city.

It is our privilege to connect church to church, finding ways to deepen these relationships and equip the believers in places like Pakistan, India, Uganda, Romania, Guatemala, and Colombia.

Country: Macedonia

Ages Eligible for Adoption: 1 – 15 years old
Sibling Groups: Yes
Needs: Minor to Moderate

Lifeline has had an adoption program in Macedonia since January of 2015. Macedonia allows families the opportunity to pursue children available for adoption between ages of 1 year and 15 years. We anticipate children who are older with minor to moderate and significant special needs to be made available for adoption. Matches are made through a computer generated system. The Macedonian Adoption Authority is the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs.

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Country: Latvia

Ages Eligible for Adoption: 9 – 15 years old
Sibling Groups: Yes
Needs: Minor to Moderate

Lifeline has had an adoption program in Latvia since April 2017. Latvia allows families the opportunity to pursue children available for adoption between the ages of 9 and 15. We anticipate children who are older to have more basic delays, while the younger children available will have more minor to moderate special needs. Large and small sibling groups are be available for adoption. Latvia is a smooth and well-defined adoption process.

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Country: Peru

Many of Peru’s children live in poverty, which generates some of the country’s biggest issues, including children withdrawing from school to find work, the likelihood of malnourishment and the probability of being swept into life on the streets.

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Country: Kyrgyzstan

Lifeline has had an adoption program in Kyrgyzstan since May 2014 and has had a very strong and positive start in this adoption program. Kyrgyzstan allows families the opportunity to pursue adoption of children with significant medical and developmental special needs as well as children with more minor special needs. Lifeline’s Kyrgyzstan team has developed strong relationships with the Ministry of Social Development.

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Country: Haiti

Haiti is a special country inhabiting the western third of the island of Hispaniola, a short 2-hour flight from Miami. Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere with 80% of the population living below the poverty line. The Haitian culture is a mix of African and European elements as displayed in their language, music, and religion. The Haitian people are warm and welcoming, with a deep love for family and community.

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Country: Pakistan

Pakistan, one of the world’s most populous countries, faces many issues including poverty, corruption, and most notably, terrorism. While the country has made progress in improving its poverty rates, in many areas some of the children are still vulnerable to slavery because of the families they’re born into.

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Country: Guatemala

Since Guatemala’s recent civil war, many children were left orphaned, without homes and without loved ones. Consequently, many Guatemalan children are some of the highest malnourished children in Latin America. Access to education is also minimal, and as a result, the challenges that orphaned and vulnerable children in Guatemala face as they get older can be overwhelming.

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Country: Uganda

Our team is focusing on Reform projects that are taking place in Uganda. We are focusing on establishing a system through in-country partnerships in which reunification, domestic adoption, and foster care with loving families within Uganda is possible before a child is internationally adopted. Our ministry is highly committed to Uganda and the children within the country and will continue to be so. Please check back with us on any further updates.

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Country: Togo

Togo, located in West Africa, is a country saturated with poverty, making it very hard to access any education. Consequently, many children are often forced into sexual exploitation and hard labor. Living under these circumstances makes it difficult for children to form the job and life skills needed to remove themselves from those hard places.

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Country: Liberia

Like many countries in Africa, children in Liberia are victims of abuse and trafficking because of the country’s poverty and injustice. Consequently, these vulnerable children lack access to education, are often exposed to a variety of illnesses and disease, and are likely to never acquire any life or job skills needed to support themselves.

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Country: Colombia

Lifeline has had an adoption program in Colombia since 2012. This is one of Lifeline’s largest and most stable programs in international adoption. We have a positive relationship with the central adoption authority (ICBF), which is in favor of international adoption. Colombia is an excellent program for families open to children 9+ years old, sibling groups, or children of all ages with medical needs. Children in Colombia are typically of Latino, Indigenous, European, or Afro-Colombian descent.

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Country: Dominican Republic

Ages Eligible for Adoption: 0 – 18 years old
Sibling Groups: Yes
Needs: Mild to Severe

The Dominican Republic has one of the largest economies in the Caribbean and Central American region, and it is known for its great biological diversity and great tourist attractions. Tourists come from all over to the world to partake in activities such as: scuba diving, snorkeling, golf, surfing, and deep sea fishing. Nevertheless, despite all the country has to offer, the DR still has various social issues that have resulted in many children needing forever families.

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Country: Romania

Lifeline has had an adoption program in Romania since 2013 and works very closely with the National Authority for the Protection of the Child’s Rights, which is the central authority of adoption in the country of Romania. Lifeline has a positive relationship with the National Authority. The most important qualification to adopt from Romania is that one parent must be a Romanian citizen, proven by passport and/or identity card.

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Country: Taiwan

Ages Eligible for Adoption: 0 – 16 years old
Sibling Groups: Yes
Needs: Minor to Severe

Taiwan is a small country with a population of only 23.46 million; however, it is not immune to the orphan crisis. Taiwan is not a member of the Hague Convention, which makes the process of adopting from Taiwan unique and, at times, uncertain. In fact, a Taiwan adoption process resembles that of a domestic adoption process. Birth families are often actively involved in the adoption process, which is uncommon in international adoption. However, the involvement of the birth families gives adoptive families a unique opportunity to minister to a birth family who lives oceans away.

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Country: China

Lifeline has had an adoption program in China since 2000 and maintains a positive relationship with the CCCWA (China’s central authority on adoption), working with orphanages all over the country. China allows families the opportunity to pursue the adoption of children with minor to significant medical and developmental special needs. Overall, the Chinese authorities are in favor of U.S. citizens adopting Chinese children, and are very supportive and helpful during the adoption process. China is Lifeline’s largest international adoption program.

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Country: Brazil

Ages Eligible for Adoption: 1 – 18 years old
Sibling Groups: Yes, common
Needs: Minor to Severe

Brazil is a large, beautiful country in South America. It is incredibly diverse, both geography and ethnically. It is divided into many regions and is overseen by a federal government, just like in the United States. Brazil created a federal central authority, ACAF, to oversee adoptions on the federal and state level. We will be seeing this new policy play out more in the adoption process.

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Country: Poland

Ages Eligible for Adoption: 2 – 16 years old
Needs: Moderate to Severe

Lifeline has had an adoption program in Poland since 2012 and maintains a positive relationship with the National Adoption Center, working with orphanages all over the country. Poland allows families the opportunity to pursue the adoption of children with minor to significant medical and developmental special needs. Overall, the Polish authorities are in favor of U.S. citizens adopting Polish children, and are very supportive and helpful during the adoption process. Poland is one of Lifeline’s most active adoption programs in Eurasia.

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Country: Costa Rica

Ages Eligible for Adoption: 0 – 16 years old
Needs: Minor to Severe

Lifeline has had an adoption program in Costa Rica since 2011. We are currently the only licensed U.S. adoption agency working in Costa Rica. We have a positive relationship with the central adoption authority (PANI), which is in favor of international adoption. Costa Rica is an excellent program for families open to children 7+ years old, sibling groups, or children of all ages with more significant medical needs. Children in Costa Rica are typically of Latino, Indigenous, or Afro-Costa Rican descent.

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Country: Ukraine

Ages Eligible for Adoption: 5 and older
Sibling Groups: Yes, common
Needs: Minor to Severe

Ukraine is a beautiful country with a distinct culture and abundant history in Eastern Europe. With a population of over 40 million people and its significant size, there are plenty of opportunities to serve this unique country. Lifeline has been supporting missional families through international adoption and our (un)adopted partnerships for decades.

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Country: Hong Kong

Ages Eligible for Adoption: 0-16 years old
Sibling Groups: Yes
Needs: Moderate to severe

Hong Kong is a Special Administrative State of the Republic of China. Hong Kong was a British colony for many years before returning to Chinese rule in 1997. Approximately 7 million people inhabit the densely populated region. Hong Kong is known to be a melting pot of numerous cultures including: Chinese, British, Vietnamese, Americans and various other ethnic groups. Due to it’s long-term association with Great Britain, Hong Kong is very westernized and enjoys a high level of autonomy and maintains a separate political and judicial system from that of China.

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Country: Hungary

Ages Eligible for Adoption: 3 and older
Needs: Minor to Correctable

Hungary allows families the opportunity to pursue adoption of children with minor medical and developmental special needs. Our on the ground team has more than 20 years of experience with adoption in Hungary. Hungary has a strong foster care system, so the majority of children are adopted out of foster homes.

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Country: Bulgaria

Ages Eligible for Adoption: 2 and older
Sibling Groups: Yes, common
Needs: Minor to Severe

Lifeline has had an adoption program in Bulgaria since 2010 and is partnered with multiple foundations in this country. Bulgaria allows families the opportunity to pursue adoption of children with significant medical and developmental special needs as well as children with more minor special needs. This country offers a well-defined, consistent adoption process. Children in Bulgaria are of Bulgarian, Turkish, and Roma descent.

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Country: India

Ages Eligible for Adoption: 18 months – 16 years
Sibling Groups: Yes
Needs: Moderate to Severe

There are at least 20 million orphaned and vulnerable children in India, the second-most populous country in the world. Located in South Asia, India’s population is about 82% Hindu, 14% Islamic, 2% Christian and 2% Sikh.

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Ways You Can Be Involved in Orphan Care

Walking in a relationship with our orphan care partners is vital to take gospel hope to the vulnerable. This work takes many forms.

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