How to spot a fake charity home?

Children’s homes are mushrooming these days. These provide care and love to the underprivileged and often run on a shoestring budget. But there are also some which take advantage of the public’s generosity. These are fronts for scammers to fleece unsuspecting public.

So, how does one tell a bona fide home from a fake one? Below are some tips:

They ask volunteers to work directly with children and not the support staff

While it is more gratifying to work with the children, responsible homes would usually ask volunteers to work with the support staff first. This is to ensure that the volunteers are fit to deal with the children.

The demand for cash donations upfront

Worse of all, they do not tell donors how the money is going to be used. Such lack of transparency is often a tell-tale sign that home is of dubious nature

Volunteers allowed to work for very short term

While doing this may suit a volunteer’s schedule, it can be emotionally draining for kids. Children tend to form emotional attachment more easily than adults. To have real impact, the duration should be a few weeks.

No background check

If anyone can just walk in and help out with the kids with little or no filtering, than that home is suspect.

Many special needs children around

In some countries, dubious homes would pay parents to hand over their disabled kids to them. The presence of such children tend to elicit more sympathy among donors, on top of the homes collecting government allowances, a large of which would be pocketed by the scammers.


It’s always a good idea to do some background checks before offering your help. If in doubt, check with the authorities or people in the neighbourhood.

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