What Happens to Abandoned Children?

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When many people think of abandoned children, they picture the classic image of a child left alone in the woods or on the side of a road. Although this type of abandonment does occur, it is by no means the only way children are abandoned. Abandonment can also mean a parent or primary caregiver simply stops providing emotional or physical support to the child. This is called emotional abandonment, and it can have the same damaging effects on a child’s development as a physical act of abandonment.

For example, when a child feels emotionally abandoned, she may become depressed and develop anxiety or panic disorders. She may also begin self-destructive behaviors or develop trust issues that affect her relationships with others. A child who has been physically or emotionally abandoned by a parent may experience difficulty in school, have trouble with friends and romantic partners, and struggle to find work and housing.

The reasons for abandoning a child vary greatly. One of the most common is that parents simply don’t have the resources to provide a safe and secure environment for their child. This is especially true for people who live in countries with poor social welfare systems. Another reason for abandoning a child is that the parent has an unplanned pregnancy and feels overwhelmed by the responsibility of caring for a newborn. Whether due to financial hardship or lack of emotional maturity, some people who become parents are not ready for the responsibility and end up abandoning their children.

While physical and emotional abandonment can happen to any child, it is more common in developing countries where economic pressures are a factor. In addition, children from lower socioeconomic status are more likely to be abandoned because of parental neglect and poverty. However, it is important to remember that even wealthy American families have been known to abandon their children. In 1992, two daughters were left unattended at a Chicago home for ten days over the Christmas season while their parents traveled to Acapulco. The girls were ultimately taken into foster care.

In the United States, it is legal for parents to surrender their children to authorities, but in most cases, the children are placed into foster care. This is because the laws in most states require that children have access to food, shelter, and medical care, even if their parents are not able to provide them.

For some time, hospital workers in Washington state would take custody of children who were abandoned in the emergency room and help them find someone to care for them. But after a court ruling in 2021, this practice ended, and now the kids are placed directly into foster care. This change has been extremely hard on the children and their families. Fortunately, Angels of Hope can help these children by supporting their foster and adoptive families. With our help, these children can start to rebuild their lives and have the happy childhoods they deserve.