The Kyrgyzstan Social Orphans Project

Approximately 11,000 children currently live in state institutions in Kyrgyzstan. Most of them are “social orphans,” where one or both parents are still living but unable to care for them. As youths are being required to graduate from state orphanages at 9th grade, what are some common challenges and stressors they face as they transition into independent living? What are alternative intervention models (e.g., prevention care, foster families, transitional homes, reunification programs)? What is the role of churches in taking care of orphans?

Research team: Jennifer Tsui, Ph.D. (University of La Verne)

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