They have "graduated" from the system and now they move on.
A small number will survive.
Most will become criminals and prostitutes.
Many will be dead within a few years.
All it takes to break this cycle is for someone like you to step out in faith, go get a child and make that child your own.
A friend recently had this conversation with an orphan that may never have the opportunity to be adopted:
Where is your mother?
Do you remember your mother?
Yes, of course, I do.
Did you live with her?
I don’t remember.
I’ll bet she was pretty.
(Smile) Of course she was.
What was her name?
(Long pause) I don’t remember.
And what about your dad?
He’s in jail.
Has he been there for a long time? Did you ever live with him?
Yes a long time, no I just lived with my mom.
(A little while later...)
What kind of family do you want one day? A pretty wife?
No, I don’t want a wife, but I am going to adopt a child from an orphanage.
Why do you want to do that?
Because I know what it is like to live in an orphanage. And my child will be thankful that I took him away from the orphanage, he will value what I will give him.
Like you would have valued if someone came for you?
Yes, but I live in the orphanage, I am not complaining.
Value. This orphan understands at least a little bit about what is really important and what we should value.
What do you value? Do you value these children enough to make life a little uncomfortable for a while to change the life of a child.
You may come to find that a little discomfort now becomes the greatest blessing of your life.
And you will change the conversation with an orphan.