Around the world, infants and toddlers are preferred for adoption. So children older than three are likely to spend more time in orphanages. Eventually, children “age out” of their orphanages, with no place to go and no family to call their own. Currently, this happens every 2.2 seconds. They then risk being turned out on the streets, with few options but to sell drugs or sex.
Consider Aileen, a basketball- and soccer-playing 10-year-old girl from the Philippines. We don’t know where she lived for the first four years of her life, but from age 4 to age 9 she lived in an orphanage. Her chances of being adopted were slim to none – until she found a family through our Adoption Ambassador Program, which is funded entirely by private donations.
This unique program takes volunteer “ambassadors” to the Philippines to meet children age 9 and older in the only place and culture they’ve ever known. The experience gives the ambassadors an opportunity to get to know each child and commit to finding them a forever family. For most children in the Ambassador Program, this is their last chance to have a family of their own.
Adoption changes the life of a child in the most significant way possible; it changes families for the better, too. LSS completes more than 300 adoptions a year, involving children of all ages, from around the U.S. and around the globe. It brings us just a little closer to having a loving family for every child.
Her chances of being adopted were slim to none – until she found a family through our Adoption Ambassador Program, which is funded entirely by private donations.