EFFECTS OF INSTITUTIONALIZATION
THE RISKS OF INSTITUTIONALIZATION
ABUSE AND NEGLECT
Sadly, even in institutions charged with protecting the welfare of children, physical and sexual abuse and dire neglect occur. In 1996, Human Rights Watch reported on the condition of children in some Chinese orphanages. Of 55 children admitted to a particular orphanage in January and February 1992, 24 died within 9-10 months. The report implies that most of the children died of starvation. A report from Christian Solidarity International describes a group of abandoned Russian children in government care, incorrectly confined to psychiatric facilities and subject to medications to treat psychological disorders and other treatments. Neglect and other horrific abuses have been delineated in some Russian orphanages in disturbing reports by Human Rights Watch.
From THE HANDBOOK OF INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION MEDICINE by Laurie C. Miller. © 2004 by Oxford University Press, Inc. Used by Permission.