A huge part of the Orphan Summit’s work relates to the “Global Orphan Crisis.” I know that UK readers might have a slight hesitation (ok some of us might have a major hesitation) with the term orphan. I am trying to work out why we don’t like orphan so much.
1. Is it that it sounds Dickensian – a kind of paternalistic Oliver Twist type image comes up in our minds?
2. Is is that it is not a technical term in the care system in the UK – we talk more about at risk children or children in care?
3. Is it that it sounds like the children are completely bereaved at bereft of family members – when actually many of the children needing adoptive parents or foster placements may actually have living parents who are just not able or not willing to care for them?
Would love your input on that – there feels no way we can use the word Orphan in the UK for the kind of work we are seeking to do. But nevertheless it is a strongly biblical word – 40 times in the scriptures if I am not mistaken.
So help friends – why don’t we like the term orphan ?