Children who have been abandoned often experience long-term psychological effects. Many are left in a state of confusion and anger. Others are relatively resilient and recover rapidly from the trauma. Regardless of their age, an abandoned child is likely to face emotional difficulties because it is difficult for the brain to process the trauma of abandonment. This results in a child who is likely to have difficulty trusting other people and questioning his or her self-worth. Children who have been abandoned may also experience guilt and feelings of isolation, which may interfere with their ability to learn and grow.
In addition to emotional problems, abandoned children may also exhibit behaviors such as aggression or feelings of betrayal. They may also have trouble sleeping and have problems at school or with friends. It is important for the remaining parent to be aware of these symptoms and to offer support and care. In some cases, medical treatment or psychological counseling may be necessary. Children who have resorted to self-injury may need assistance from a physician. If they have talked about suicide, psychological counseling may also be necessary.
The abandonment of children is a severe form of child neglect. It can occur for several reasons, including family breakdown, irresponsible fatherhood or motherhood, birth out of wedlock, or even death of one or both parents. A child may also be abandoned because of a lack of affection and emotional support from their parent.
In the United States, 7,000 children are abandoned every year, according to the United Nations. In some states, the government has a program for such children. But, even in those states, the laws vary. Children may be given to strangers or placed in orphanages. Sadly, the government does not always care for the children in such cases. A number of these children are not given a proper burial. This causes the child to suffer in the long run.
In developing countries, there is an even greater chance of abandonment. Poorer countries are often not able to provide consistent caregivers and crowded conditions are especially hazardous for neglected children. This can lead to serious social and physical consequences for children. In Romania, after the overthrow of the dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, there were 170,000 children living in impoverished institutions. A project in Bucharest assessed 136 of these children in 2000. Half of them were placed in foster families, while the other half remained in the institutions.
The Arise team then sought out the best place to place the boys and worked with locals for a permanent solution. A community leader living nearby agreed to provide the children with two meals a day. The local leader and landlord also agreed to provide supervision to ensure the children’s safety and wellbeing. Meanwhile, Arise and the local authorities began to trace the mother. After some time, they found that the mother had moved on and that the father was willing to take on the responsibility for the boys.
Another way to help an abandoned child is through an adoption agency. The process of how abandoned children are adopted varies from country to country, but it’s always aimed at keeping the children as safe and happy as possible. Although some parents worry about what happens to them when they give up their baby, the truth is that the process is safe and legal for the child.