Did you know that 45,000 children
in Japan were unsafe living with
their birth parents in 2018?

Abuse reports exceeded 130,000 in 2017.
Under these circumstances, there are 45,000 children nationwide every year who cannot live with their birth parents due to various situations, such as abuses, illnesses, criminal activities, economic difficulties, etc.

ABOUT
What is Japan Children Support Association?

We are a team of advocates for the well-being of children.
We do not want to lose any more lives of children suffering from abuse.
Our goal is to protect the futures of the children who have been rescued.
We are promoting foster care and adoption for the betterment of children’s welfare.

Support for Foster Parents

Encouragement

We encourage foster families to communicate with each other to support one another as well as to share experiences.

Consultation

We receive calls and e-mails from foster families for consultations.

Support for New Parents

Support

We support both new and expectant mothers who are in difficult environments by providing them with advice as well as necessities such as food and clothing.

Advice

We offer counseling for women going through teen pregnancies to provide a safe place for discussion and receiving advice.

Children in Japan

Approximately 39,000 children out of the 45,000 who are not able to live with their birth parents are living in orphanages.

  • 12% of the children go into foster care in Japan.

    Source: Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare
    “Conditions of social care in Japan in 2010”

    The percentage of foster care in Japan is the lowest among countries in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The number of foster parents in Japan is still not yet enough.

  • Abuse reports  exceeded of over 130,000 in 2017.

    Source: Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare
    “Conditions of social care in Japan in 2019”

    The number of abuse reports continues to rise, and one abused child takes their life every week.

  • One in every seven
    children live in poverty.

    The poverty rate of Japanese children is 13.9% (2015). Furthermore, the poverty rate of a single-parent household is 50.8%, which is said to be the worst level among developed countries.

The conditions and quality of care in each orphanage throughout Japan differs considerably. It is important for children to receive individual care, but the low number of staff responsible for nurturing these children prevents them from receiving the full care that they need. The involvement of employees in the orphanage facilities is currently limited, which greatly affects the futures of the children.

Every facility has a large entrance, dining room, and a bathroom. However, depending on the orphanage, a facility varies in living arrangements, from private bedrooms to shared eight-person rooms. It is difficult for the children to consider these orphanages as homes. The Japanese government recommends that the orphanages change their living arrangements from the current situation of placing many children in one large room to placing them in a home-like environment where they are provided individual care. Each facility is working to improve the quality of living in order to provide what is best for the children.

Human Rights Watch (Without Dreams)

Japanese Government given warning
by the United Nations

No large orphanages such as those in Japan exist in other developed countries. Smaller orphanages are able to professionally nurture the children in an environment similar to a home. Even if there were multiple adults rotating shifts throughout the day to care for one infant so that there would always be a one-to-one interaction, the care would still be insufficient for infants to develop an attachment. The number of staff assigned to one child in Japan is still the lowest  among developed countries, and the solution set by the Japanese government was to place the children under institutional care, to which the UN has warned the Japanese government three times to correct and improve its system. The country has improved over the last few years, but the standard for care provided through government funding is still at a ratio of 1 to 1.3, employee to infant. Due to this lack of quality in the standard of care, there are facilities that arrange for more staffing using their own budgets if there needs to be a higher ratio of employees to infant. The Japan Child Support Association, and now also the Japanese  government, believe that this insufficiency is able to be solved under a foster care home placement system.

A message from the director

The most terrible poverty is loneliness,
and the feeling of being unloved.

– Mother Teresa

I am sure many of you are surprised by the reality of these current circumstances occurring in Japan–– it is something many people are not aware of, and embarrassingly, most Japanese citizens are not aware of this situation either. After thorough
negotiations, the Japanese government has improved the child welfare law and decided to support the foster care system. However, foster care is not yet accepted by society and is still considered uncommon in Japan, so there has always been a lack of people willing to become foster parents. This is the reason for why we advocate for the foster care system. Although children cannot choose the environment they live in, every child, no matter which country they are born in, has the right to be loved. This is the mission that I am dedicating my career to.
Please support us in helping improve the lives of these children in Japan.

Sincerely,

Shinobu Iwasa
Director Of Japan Children Support Association

Your contributions will help brighten the futures of our children in Japan.

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