In the United States, the media and popular entertainment shows have glorified teen pregnancy. Our government is pouring out millions of dollars to support single and young mothers. However, staggering statistics have recently been released about teen parents:
• 80% of teen moms are on welfare.
• Over 50% of children raised by teen moms are reported to Child Protective Services.
• Only 1.5% of teen mothers graduate from college by age 30. And only 40% graduate from high school!
• Children raised without a father are twice as likely to quit school and four times as likely to need behavioral help.
• Children of teen parents are three times more likely to become teen parents themselves. Internationally, the news about orphans is even worse.
• 5,760 children become orphans every day.
• Every 15 seconds, a child in Africa becomes an orphan due to AIDS.
• Worldwide, there are over 143 million children in orphanages right now.
• 10 to 15% of children raised in Eastern European orphanages commit suicide before the age of 18.
• Every 2.2 seconds, an orphan ages out of the system with no family and no home.
• In Russia, of those who age out, 60% of girls become prostitutes, 70% of boys will become hardened criminals.
As Christians, we believe the design God intended for families is optimal for children. Clearly, the statistics reflect that raising children in institutions yields disastrous results. These children are not receiving love and security, nor are they being taught self-discipline and control. More disheartening is that they likely have never heard the beautiful message of salvation through Jesus Christ.
Adoption is not only about building a family, but is also building the family of Christ. Just as we are adopted into God’s family, so, too, we’re called as Christians to help these children and expand Christ’s territory.
This information was excerpted from Lifetime Founder Mardie Caldwell, C.O.A.P.’s most recent book, Called to Adoption. To learn more about how you can answer God’s call to you to adopt a baby or child, please give Lifetime Adoption a call: (530) 432-7373 or visit LifetimeAdoption.com.