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Orphan Outreach

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The Problem

There are 90,000 children in the child welfare system in Ukraine. Of those, only 6,000 are orphaned.

Each year, 15,000 children age out of Ukrainian orphanages. Without support, many fall victim to suicide, abuse and addiction, homelessness, prostitution and criminal activity. Transitional housing is nearly impossible to find, and homes provided to those young adults by the government or as part of an inheritance are often unlivable. 

20% of all children in the orphan care system have special needs or disabilities. When they age out of traditional care, there is no system in place to provide the resources needed to help them transition into independent adult life. Often, they are placed in nursing homes or senior living centers.

600,000 children are in families considered at-risk or vulnerable.

Our Response

Orphan Outreach responds to the needs of orphaned and vulnerable children in Ukraine in 3 ways:

We provide safe, nurturing support for young adults as they leave the child protective system and navigate the transition to independent living. 

We provide Christ-centered therapeutic support for young adults with disabilities.

We offer tangible hope for vulnerable children and families through continuing education, job and life skills training, and individualized care and mentorship.

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Our Ministry Programs

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Aging Out Initiative, Dnipro

The Aging Out Initiative in Ukraine focuses on personalized care for young adults who have aged out of orphanages in Dnipro. These young adults face an unsure future, and without a safety net of support are at high risk of falling victim to criminal activity, drug abuse, sexual exploitation and trafficking, and suicide. Staff and volunteers provide physical, spiritual, emotional, and educational support to help those young adults make a healthy transition to independent life.

Ministry Emphasis:

Therapeutic Care, Educational Support, Transitional Support, Humanitarian Aid

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