AFRICA (Mission Network News) — Orphanages are overflowing with kids who don’t know what the word “permanent” means anymore. Ruth Olsson, a strategic partnership consultant with Bethany Christian Services, says, “Institutionalizing children is not a great plan for their future. We would say God designed the family. Man designed orphanages to respond to a crisis, but God designed a family.”
Bethany has built a successful “foster to adoption” model that’s been replicated in Ethiopia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.
“What Empty the Orphanage is doing in Zimbabwe is working through the local church to recruit families to be adoptive parents for the orphans in their community.” This model has proven successful on other continents, as well. What’s the common point? “Through partnership with this local church, we are placing children in loving Christian homes,” explains Olsson.