A documentary episode of To the Contrary explores the trend away from orphanages and towards family reunification. Host Bonnie Erbé travels to Ethiopia to explore why parents give up their children. She reports on the research showing how orphanages jeopardize children's psychological and mental well-being.
We discover that orphanages in some developing countries such as Ethiopia and Cambodia have transformed into multi-million dollar global profit centers. There are more than 132 million classified orphans today, yet only 13 million of those have lost both parents according to UNICEF. Now with the help of governmental and non-governmental entities, experts are prioritizing family preservation.Read More »