I’ve seen the damage that institutional living can do to a young child. 

Especially when that child stays there longer than 12 to 14 months (according to ther World Health Organization).    The damage to a child’s brain, the damage to their self esteem and often the physical damage can last a life time.

In the United States, we don’t do orphanages any more.   Or at least we say we don’t.

Ever heard of residential treatment facilities?

Every heard of group homes?

If it looks like a duck and it walks like a duck and it quakes like a duck, then guess what?   Yep.

Watch and listen to the TEDTalk and then you tell me, is it time to end orphanages?