At only 11 years of age, Ana has gone through more change and heartache than a child ever should. Her father died when she was young and her mother was out of the picture, so she lived with her grandparents. Sadly, her grandparents can no longer take care of her and she may soon be placed in an orphanage. But local Christian leaders are working hard to provide Ana with a permanent Christian foster family.
In Ana’s Southeast Asian country, adoption isn’t an option for orphans because of outdated or non-existent child welfare laws. These children are trapped in overcrowded orphanages with deplorable conditions—where most don’t thrive and a disturbing majority will fall into lives of crime and prostitution.
Permanent foster care is a huge step towards caring for the emotional and developmental needs of orphans in places where adoption is not yet possible. It has the potential to change the face of orphan care in Southeast Asia, by shifting cultural mindsets away from institutional care as the primary solution, so that more children can experience the love of families. Permanent foster homes allow orphans to go to school, participate in community, and even grow up with siblings. For Ana, it may also mean the chance to fulfill her dream of becoming a doctor one day.
Won’t you pray with us that God would provide the funds (for housing, food, basic amenities, medication, and schooling expenses) so that Ana to be part of a permanent, loving foster family? She will finally have the stability, attention and love she needs! Please also pray that, through her family, Ana’s heart will be prepared to receive the love of Jesus and share it with others.