The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said in a recent report that of the children who are forced to live in orphanages after experiencing neglect and abuse, 40% have been living in an orphanage for five years or longer, while the number of children 12 years and older who reside in such facilities has exceeded 2,000.
In February 2013, the ministry conducted a survey of the approximately 48,000 children who live with either foster families or in orphanages, in an effort to learn about the current state of the welfare, TBS reported. According to the results, the number of children living in orphanages was 29,979. Of this group, 12,414, or approximately 41%, had been living there for five years or longer, while the number of children that had been living there 12 years and longer was 12,414 or 7%.
In both categories, the ministry reported increased percentages when compared to a previous study conducted in 2008.
Furthermore, the survey highlighted that although the percentage of young infants who return to their guardians is 23, the number of children who actually get adopted or remain in foster care is only 9%. Overall, the percentage of children who have remained and will likely continue to remain in orphanages has risen to 62%, TBS reported.© Japan Today