World Without Orphans Brazil
209,3 million of habitants.
# of Christians:
42.310.000 of protestant people. This number corresponds to 22,2% of Brazilian Population; and 65% of people (136 million) that declare themselves as catholic, according to Brazilian Geography and Statistics Institute, IBGE and its own 2010 Census National Research.
Children in Brazil
Most of the kids in care in Brazil are not orphans. They come to the system because they were in serious vulnerability; mostly victims of violence, abuse or neglect. There are about 50.000 kids in residential homes (46.000) and foster families (4.000).
Alternative care in Brazil
In Brazil, we don’t protect well the kids. So, many kids that should be in care, they’re still on the streets or living in vulnerability with their biological or extended families. You can see it by the number of our population, that is huge, and in the reality of Brazil, we have more kids in residential care and foster families than in countries like England, for example. So, there is a big lack of protection in our Basic System. Foster care is something new in Brazil. So, most of our kids are still in Residential Care. We don’t have big orphanages anymore. According to our Law, the maximum number of children attended in each Residential Care Unity is 20 children. But we are still in the beginning of the transition from Residential Care to Family Based Care, in what consist the Foster Care Services. There is a big effort of our Government now to make it happen, and we are really excited about that and we really believe that the Church is part, like a big part (card) of this answer and should be involved. Most of our Residential Facilities are run by NGO’s, non-profit organizations, and most of our Foster Care Services are run by the Government. And this is a big concern for us because is known that corruption is a big problem in Brazil, and, very often, when there is a shift on the Government, and that happens every four years, here in Brazil, then, the new Government is not committed to do proper follow up to services that the previous Government was running. So, this is something that really turns us to be concerned about.
The national movement – WWO Brazil – takes the heart of the international movement. We want to place children in permanent families that are able to care, to love, to protect and to empower these kids for development and to nurture these kids. So, we are really committed to make it happen, so that, kids are really protected, that we have less and less children in Residential Homes and more children in Foster Families, when necessary, but, being careful because Foster Services are not the end of the process. It needs to be transitory, an emergency solution, and, as soon as possible, these kids need to be reunified when it’s possible, and, when that’s not possible, these kids need to go to an adoptive family. In Brazil, many professionals, they try too hard to do reunification. This is a problem that we do have. In our culture, many people think that, only because we have the same blood, there is going to be attachment, there is going to be safety, and we know that is not always true. We don’t have in Brazil, as it already happens in other places, in other countries like in Africa, families that come and put their children in Residential Homes or in Orphanages just because of poverty. No, no kid can come to our Brazilian System of Protection just because of poverty. But, for sure, poverty takes these families into vulnerabilities, like involvement with drugs, with alcohol, and parents been arrested, and that’s why many of our kids go to our Protection System.
To learn more, please visit the WWO Brazil website at https://wwobrasil.org.br/
Stories from the Country
There are many good stories from Brazil, many stories of reunification that were successful and many stories of adoption that were also successful. I think that one of the greatest things that we have reached in Brazil is that, sooner, we are really starting, officially starting the movement, the WWO movement in Brazil and we are gathering a group of important leaders from many different organizations that are making a great impact in their regions and even in the nation. We are very excited about that.
Answer to Prayer
Soon, we are going to have the event “The Send Brazil”, in February 2020, and this is a Christian event that is going to gather more than 200.000 people in three big stadiums in Brazil: two of them in São Paulo and one in Brasília. THE SEND is going to send people to 4 areas of outcomes: missions, universities, schools and the care for the orphans and vulnerable children. We are really excited about that. Right before the event (The Send), we will have a meeting with 100 important key leaders from all over Brazil. So, I think this wind of the Holy Spirit that is been blond by the Lord in Brazil for the orphans and vulnerable children is the big answer of our prayers. We are gathering together, we are moving forward, and we see that, next year, is going to be a great year, to bring more and more Christians to take their role for the children in vulnerability in Brazil.
Challenge for Prayer
Right after The Send, late in 2020, we want to have at least 04 regional gatherings with Christian leaders that area already doing something for the orphans and vulnerable children or that are interested on starting something. Our expectation is that, through all of these gatherings and efforts, WWO Brazil – as a partner of The Send Brazil – we are going to have more and more Christian people conscient about our role to place kids in permanent families; we are going to have more Christians coming to become volunteers, investing and praying; but also, we believe that we are going to have new adoption groups, new groups that give support to adoptive families, new groups that are going to be involved with foster care or starting foster services in their cities; so that, that’s our prayer, that’s our expectation and we want to give support to them. So, a challenge for prayer is for unity, for resources – we need money, people and wisdom from the Lord to deal with all of those situations. Brazil is a huge country, is a continental country and these are our biggest challenges.