How To Help Children That Were Cast Aside: 6-Year-Old Boy Stays By His Baby Brother Side After Their Mom Leaves Them By The Roadside
April 10, 2019 16:29 By Mambee
Child abandonment is heartbreaking. Imagine not being able to fend for yourself when the adults who should have cared for you decide to dump you by the roadside. Words cannot describe the type of pain that these kids go through.
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It has been estimated that 7,000 children are abandoned in the United States each year, and all over the world, 60 million children and infants have suffered the same fate. Depending on their ages, some of these children are left to work and live on their own or they are taken into orphanages and foster homes.
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He never left his brother's side
Residents at the Thu Doc district of Hanoi, in Vietnam, were going about their businesses one day when they spotted a baby lying in a red crate with his older brother next to him.
The witnesses said that the baby was wrapped in a blanket and placed in the box.
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The baby's brother, who was around six years old, was sitting on the pavement next to the little one and was crying. The boy was also found with his arm protectively clutching the crate where his younger sibling rested.
It was reported that both children were left by the roadside by their mother earlier that day. She told the kids that she was going to get some fuel but she never came back.
The authorities were called upon and the kids were taken into care while the police tried to find their family.
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How to help children with abandonment issues
The best case scenario is that kids like these can find a home someday to grow and be happy. But, by being abandoned, they may have to recover from the trauma of being left behind.
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If you have an abandoned child in your care, here are a few tips to help them cope:
- Help them sort their emotions: Kids thrive better when they can label their emotions. If they are feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, angry, sad, etc, putting a name on it can help demystify the feeling and make it more manageable.
- Listen: If the child is willing to talk, then be willing to listen. Fight the temptation to always jump in and react to what they say. Stay silent after each pause, in case they have something more to add. This makes them feel safe to open up to you about their pain.
- Validate: Abandoned children might have issues seeing their own self-worth. You can help with this by validating them. Tell them it's okay to have certain emotions and reactions. Reaffirm how much you care about them and teach them that their voice matters.
You can learn more about child abuse and endangerment here.
Abandoned kids go through a lot of pain and it's our job to help them by reminding them that they matter.
Raising kids can be tough and the things you tell them can have a lasting effect, but these parenting tips can be helpful.
Hope you learned something useful from this!
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