Europe

Background

Europe is a continent of an estimated 741 million people. In Eastern Europe, residential care remains a common solution for orphans and vulnerable children. There are an estimated 7.3 million orphans living in Eastern Europe. Though Western Europe does not have the same challenges with residential care, the number of children in foster care or at risk of going into the system is significant. Europe still has the highest numbers of children separated from their families worldwide.   

The Challenges:

  • Children without parental or family care may end up in an orphanage or group home. 
  • More training programs are needed for families in crisis as well as for preparing foster and adoptive families to receive children.  

Europe Without Orphans works to:

  • Equip national leaders to collaborate in solving their country’s orphaned and vulnerable children crisis 
  • Build new national movements in all nations of Europe 
  • End the institutionalization of children through lobby and advocacy campaigns 
  • Strengthen crises families to prevent family-child separation and support foster and adoptive through trainings and support programs 
  • Engage churches to support families and promote adoption. 

Countries with National Initiatives

Belarus Without Orphans

The Republic of Belarus is a small former Soviet nation in Europe with a population just under 10 million. In 2008, Belarus was a nation that got hit pretty severely in the global economic crisis. Because of this economic downturn there are approximately 25,000 orphans in Belarus.

Latvia Without Orphans

Latvia is a small country of only 2 million people, located in the Baltic region of Northern Europe. There are thousands of orphans living in Latvia. The children need more support than ever due to the social and economic upheaval. Latvia is among the poorest nations in the European Union, and the health care system is one of the worst in Europe. HIV/AIDS affects about 10,000 people in the country. Children under the age of 14 account for about 13.5% of the population in Latvia. Families are forced to move around due to economic stress, and children are left with people who cannot take care of them and ultimately end up in state-run institutions. The children then grow up and leave the institution unprepared for living on their own.

Romania Without Orphans

Romania is a located in South Eastern Europe and has a population of about 21.7 million people. There are about 100,000 orphans living in child protective services with more being abandoned each day.

Ukraine Without Orphans

Ukraine has a population of 43 million people, and 106,000 children live in boarding schools of various types (6,000 of whom are adoptable). Though in recent years Ukraine has made great strides in moving towards family care like foster care and adoption.

United Kingdom

Our vision is – a home for every child who needs one. When Home for Good launched as a charity in 2014, there were 9,000 foster carers urgently needed and approximately 6,000 children waiting to be adopted – and approximately 15,000 evangelical churches in the UK!

Regional Stories

Help Danylo and other families in crisis

Together we have an opportunity to help more orphaned and vulnerable children and to strengthen families through WWO Hope Groups and other programs from the WWO Roadmap. $100,000 Needed by December 31st
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Value of Life - Summer Camp in Poland with therapeutic activities for 30 Ukrainian children

During the summer of 2023, a Polish NGO in collaboration with YWAM Poland, was able to host 30 Ukrainian children at their camps. Many of them were children who fled Ukraine because of the war last year. Therapeutic workshops were an important part of the camp programme together with recreational activities.
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Collaboration between Poland, Ukraine and Romania 

It is a great joy to see our friends and partners serving orphans in different European countries come together to share their knowledge and experience with each other! Alliance for Romania Without Orphans organised a TBRI (Trust-based relational intervention) Camp for children and their parents. YWAM Ukraine and Poland was invited to participate as well as teach about Emotional Intelligence at the camp. Ukraine Appeal Fund was able to support three Ukrainian participants to join the event. Read below their thoughts after the camp.
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A Centre to Inspire People in the Midst of the War in Ukraine 

Six years ago, long before anyone thought about a war in Ukraine, Nina, from the Chmelnyzky Region, felt called by the Lord to start a centre to help vulnerable children. She left her old job and started to teach English, in order to be freer to do ministry. At the same time she started looking for a place to rent to open the centre.
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Making a Difference in Serbia

For many years Tanja had been leading three houses in Serbia for young adults leaving orphanages and foster care at age 18. Most of these young adults enter life unprepared with all its challenges of finding a job, a place to live, and to handle finances. For Tanja it was clear, that a change was needed.
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