In Reply to: not really an orphanage (sm) posted by more info on Mon, May 23 2022 at 10:48 AM CDT:
: The local "orphanage" opened in 1953. It is now considered a "group home". Many of us still call it an orphanage just because that was the name for so many years. It has grown to be a huge compound that is one big family.
: They do not take babies (currently age 5 minimum), but they do have a waiting list. Few of these children are ever adopted, so having a "home" is a very good option for them.
: Many/most children start in foster care, but there are just not enough foster parents or adoptive parents. A group home is considered a more permanent placement and many of these kids stay there until they age out (at 18 or through college if necessary).
: FYI - We also have a "mental institution" nearby, which is now called a hospital, but also has many who are permanent residents. That is not as happy a place as the children's group home, still very institutionalized.
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