Why There's A Global Outcry Over Volunteering At Orphanages

Joanne Lu - NPR

This article from NPR describes the growing global movement to discourage orphanage visits and volunteering which often drive the separation of children from their families. The article highlights recent developments in the efforts to end or reduce orphanage volunteering and tourism, including the UK government's updated travel advice discouraging the practice, as well as Australia's move to become "the first country to criminalize recruiting children into orphanages as a form of slavery," and the US government Trafficking in Persons Report which has included references to child finders who "capitalize on parental concerns about poverty, conflicts, natural disasters and a lack of resources for a child with disabilities in order to convince parents to turn over their children, who are then used to attract lucrative international donations and volunteers."