There are an estimated 500,000 children who are orphaned in Russia.
38,000 children will age out of Russian orphanages each year. Many will fall victim to suicide, prostitution, and crime.
109,000 orphan graduates have no safe place to call home. Transitional housing is nearly impossible to find, and homes provided to orphan graduates by the government or as part of an inheritance are often unlivable.
Orphan Outreach responds to the needs of orphaned and vulnerable children in Russia in 2 ways:
We offer tangible hope by meeting the physical and spiritual needs of children who have been removed from abuse or neglect and placed in the orphanage system.
We provide safe, nurturing support for young adults as they leave the orphanage system and navigate the transition to independent living.
Our Ministry Programs
Government homes in the St. Petersburg region provide sanctuary and basic care for children of all ages who have been orphaned or removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. Additionally, specially designated homes are designed to serve children with special needs. Up to 90% of all children who enter the orphanage system in Russia remain in the system until they age out as teenagers.
Humanitarian Aid, Urgent Needs
Georgievsky is one of the largest districts in St. Petersburg, and is the home to an initiative dedicated to finding homes for orphans through foster care, kinship, and adoption. The Family Support Center is a community-based program overseeing 100 families with children ranging in age from infant to 18. Training, support, and wraparound care is provided to each of the families. Additionally, staff psychologists and social workers provide each new child who is orphaned with personalized care. They assess which family will be the right match, and they also identify at-risk families and work with them to either grow stronger or to find safe alternatives for the children. The goal is to reduce abandonment by creating healthy family structure.
The need for quality support for children who are orphaned doesn’t end when those children age out of traditional care. Orphans who age out of residential care in Russia face unsure futures when they leave the orphanage in their teens, and without appropriate wraparound care, the odds of a thriving adult life are not in their favor.
Therapeutic Care, Educational Support, Transitional Support, Humanitarian Aid, Urgent Needs