Do all children have families?
Earlier, most people lived in joint families. Children who had lost their parents stayed with their relative as part of their family. In today’s lifestyle, when there are fewer joint families, it is difficult for orphaned children to become part of a family. That is why there are orphanages to take care of these children, and some lucky ones are adopted and hence they find a new home. In a family the children are protected and given emotional and financial support. Apart from having a family, it is also important to have friends.
Why some parents are married and others are are not?
Many couples prefer to get married, and then have children. Others do not marry, and live happily together with their children. In some cases, the parents get divorced and live separately. The children then live with one of the parents. If the parent finds a new partner, who may also have children, they often make a new family together.
What is a joint family?
In a joint family, several generations live together. Children live with their grandparents, parents, uncles, aunts, and cousins. Earlier, joint families were quiet common, but today they are an exception. In a joint family the workload is shared among the members. In most cases, the parents work and take care of the financial needs, the grandparents take care of their grandchildren, and the elder children either go to school or help in household or the fields.
What does adoption mean?
Being adopted means that an adult assumes the role of a parent for an orphaned child. Even children whose parents cannot or do not take care of them often love in an orphanage and can be adopted. Adoption can be done by a couple or a single person. Adoption is a lengthy process, and it often takes long time till a child gets a new home. A lot of checks re done before the parents are given permission to adopt a child: do the adopting parents have adequate space for the child? Do they have enough money to raise a child? Can they provide a stable, healthy family? The only important thing is that the child should grow up with security.
What is a baby flap?
Sometimes a woman feels unable to cope with her new born baby, and things that it would be better if someone else takes care of the child. Mothers like these can anonymously leave their babies in ‘baby flaps’ provided in some European hospitals. The babies left at the baby flaps are considered to be orphaned and can be adopted by new parents.
Why are friends important?
One can have fun with friends who have the same interests and hobbies. Friends play together and often go to the same school. One can share certain secrets with friends, which one would not share with parents or siblings. Friends need not to be of the same age, and children can also have adults as friends. There should be a good understanding and mutual trust among friends.