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High-risk Orphan Intervention – East Asia

Many children in orphanages, especially those who are developmentally falling behind their peers, are not given much stimulation and encouragement to play, think, move, and explore. In some extreme cases, lives are at risk without immediate acute care and long-term intervention. In order to offer these children opportunities that will increase their chances of proper development and a greater likelihood of adoption, our medical team works with orphanages to provide targeted care to these high-risk children.

Foster care was recently banned by the authorities, forcing all of our foster children to return to their orphanages. LIGHT has a long-term paid worker embedded in a distant orphanage to ensure those who were removed from foster care receive their necessary acute intervention (sometimes surgical), nutrition, positive attention, support, and love. This orphanage is unable to increase staff to carefully manage the high-risk orphans who were previously in foster care.