Family brokenness in Thailand is extremely high. In UNICEF’s 2012 report, Thailand had the worst percentage out of 40 countries surveyed, with 20% of children under the age of 5 NOT living with either biological parent. 35% of children were living with only a biological mother and 22% living with only their biological father. That makes a whopping 77 percent of Thai children living with the trauma of family breakdown.
Families are the foundation of society, and many families in Thailand are separated because of internal migration, lack of quality education opportunities, divorce and remarriage, lack of understanding of the vision and value of family, and a variety of other factors. When families are broken, the risk of trafficking, exploitation, addictions, and teen pregnancy increases. Attachments are shattered, education is hampered, identity and cultural legacy are lost, and trauma is experienced.