A home for Russia’s social orphans
In Russia and Ukraine, hundreds of thousands of children and teens live invisible lives, crowded into orphanages, sometimes under corrupt management, or else roaming the streets in youth gangs. In many cases, one or more of their parents is alive but is unable or unwilling to provide the care a child needs. Their only identity is as an increasingly large and desperate group known as ‘social orphans’.
In December 2012, new laws banned the adoption of Russian children by parents in the US. Since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, about 60,000 Russian children became part of American families but that avenue is now closed.
Child homelessness has been a recurrent problem for 20th Century Russia, through wars, revolutions and deep recessions. Many Russians are struggling now in very tough economic times, blind to the needs of those around them.
FEBC Russia encourages Christian families to be radically different. Using radio and online programs that reach millions of listeners, FEBC shares firsthand stories and family resources that challenge and encourage families to open their homes to foster or adopt social orphans.
Galina, a teenage girl, became part of such a family. She said, “I never felt such love in my life. I didn’t even know how it felt to be hugged. I’m so grateful they took me into their family.”
By supporting FEBC Russia, you can help Russian Christians give a home to a child in need.
Victor Akhterov, Director of FEBC Russian Ministries said, “I love Christmastime when we invite families who adopted social orphans into our studios. We interview them, and give them gifts. The purpose is to remind listeners about the great need to adopt those who are growing up without parents.”
In 2015 alone, over 45,000 potential foster parents were educated about the orphan crisis in Russia and encouraged to adopt an orphan into their loving Christian family.
The original goal of 100,000 people reached is still to be met. Please donate.
With your support, FEBC Russia and Ukraine can continue to find loving homes for social orphans among church communities and families that belong to Jesus.
Every $1 raised means 2 more people will learn about this desperate situation impacting Russia’s future generation, multiplying the chances of a child being placed with a loving family.