Half the Sky's Special Families program provides the loving care of permanent families for orphaned children whose special needs leave them with little hope of being adopted. The children would otherwise live their entire childhoods inside welfare institutions. Local governments provide comfortable apartments on or adjacent to orphanage grounds to house newly formed families, each with a full-time mother, working dad, and up to four children, and Half the Sky provides training and support for the parents.
Parents sign on to raise their new charges to adulthood, enabling children who will never be adopted to grow up knowing the love of a family while also receiving the services that the institution and Half the Sky's educational and enrichment programs provide. For these parents, our Special Families program provides the opportunity to raise a second family. Explains one dad: "We have raised our son and we are very proud of him. But then, with no children in our home, I had a hole in my heart. My new children fill that hole."
For the children, their new, loving families help fill a hole in their hearts that no institutionalized care, no matter how well-meaning and loving, can fill.