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SCP-#### in its current state at Site-67

Item #: SCP-####

Object Class: Euclid

Special Containment Procedures: In order to maintain containment of SCP-#### at its current location, it must be presented with "families" willing to adopt the children in its care. Class C personnel are utilized by the Foundation to pose as families in order to adopt and contain the anomalous children produced by SCP-####1. The village of [Lebeshyn] and its surrounding area have been purchased by the Foundation in order to minimize civilian interference and to establish a local Site, designated Site-67, which encompasses a 5 km radius around SCP-####. Upon adoption, anomalous children are to be delivered to research personnel at Site-67 for further observation and testing. This process must be completed at least every six months to decrease the risk of SCP-#### changing its active location.

Should SCP-####-A become hostile during any point in this procedure, the on-site MTF unit should be mobilized to terminate the entity, and SCP-#### must be immediately vacated by Foundation personnel for at least 24 hours.

Description: Last Hope Orphanage, designated SCP-####, is a building covering roughly a 40x50 meter area and is contained at Site-67. The structure's interior contains a kitchen, several dormitories, an office, a classroom, and a dining hall/common area. The building has been observed to alter its architecture and style (though not its dimensions) to better conform to its current location and time period. SCP-#### is also capable of making a duplicate of itself at an alternate geographical location if presented with certain circumstances (see Addendum 1), while leaving behind a vacant structure. Most significantly, all children adopted from SCP-#### have been observed to develop various anomalous properties. Through maintained adherence to the aforementioned Special Containment Procedures, the Foundation has managed to contain SCP-#### and any anomalous children produced at Site-67 since 1992.

At any given time, SCP-#### is occupied by a maximum of 24 children and one other humanoid entity. This entity is referred to by the children as the "Director" and is designated SCP-####-A. SCP-####-A provides care and schooling to the orphaned children - remaining fairly docile and even genial when unprovoked. The entity will be perceived differently by any who observe it (e.g. male or female, young or old, stern or relaxed), possibly as a method of comforting the children in its care. SCP-####-A is cooperative when interviewed by research personnel so long as the interview period does not inhibit its ability to perform care-taking duties. Should the entity perceive that one of the children are in danger, it will become hostile. The perpetration of homicide in these situations is common. While in a hostile state, the entity develops significantly elongated canines and nails - becoming highly resistant, though not impervious, to all forms of damage. In the event that SCP-####-A is terminated, an identical entity will manifest inside the building within ten minutes of the previous entity's expiration.

Despite the current location of SCP-#### in eastern Europe, its population of child occupants is comprised of several different races and nationalities. New children appear in SCP-#### at a fluctuating rate if the limit of 24 has not been reached2. When questioned about their arrival at SCP-####, children describe falling asleep in one location and awakening inside of SCP-####. It has also been observed that children inhabiting SCP-#### do not appear to mature past the age of twelve, and some research personnel suggest that this may be a method of making the children more appealing to prospective families. The aging process, however, does seem to resume after the child has been adopted.

Children raised in SCP-#### begin to exhibit anomalous properties at least 48 hours after they have been adopted. It is currently unknown whether the development of anomalous properties is facilitated by SCP-####-A or by SCP-#### itself, though statements made by SCP-####-A seem to suggest the latter (see interview C). These properties range from fairly mild, such as one of a child's index fingers transforming into a spoon and his left hand transforming into a blender (see Interview A), to more severe cases, such as a child's epidermis becoming acidic in response to contact with a foreign object (see Interview B). None of the observed anomalous properties, however, appear to cause direct harm to the child. During interviews, children respond positively to inquiries concerning their anomalies and seem to believe that these abnormalities are beneficial in some way. Should adoptive families attempt to return a child after it develops anomalous properties, SCP-####-A will become hostile - attempting to eliminate the family and return the child to the care of SCP-####.

Discovery: Though SCP-#### is currently located and contained at Site-67, formerly a village in northern [Ukraine], the structure was first discovered by the Foundation in 1967 approximately .5 km outside the Icelandic town of Keflanesi. There are numerous other records of a Last Hope Orphanage at various locations across the globe from eastern Asia to South America dating as far back as 1609, however the only building still in operation is currently located at Site-67. The Foundation was initially alerted to the presence of SCP-####, when field agents noted an increase in the frequency of anomalous, adolescent humans in a particular region of Iceland. Members of the general public who had adopted children from SCP-#### were administered amnestics, and anomalous children were contained by the Foundation.

Addendum 1: Endeavors by the Foundation and others to halt the flow of anomalous children from SCP-#### have been unsuccessful, and the only containment method that has proved reliable thus far is that which is described in the Special Containment Procedures. Physical barriers erected between SCP-#### and its surroundings are destroyed by SCP-####-A. Efforts to prevent civilian interaction with SCP-#### seem to work for a time, but after reaching its population maximum of 24 and going six months with no adoptions, the building will become vacant with no apparent traces of its former inhabitants. Should this occur, a new instance of SCP-#### will manifest in a different location maintaining its dimensions and former resident population. Attempts to destroy SCP-#### by various means have also resulted in the displacement of the building’s residents and the emergence of a new instance of SCP-#### in an alternate location. This pattern of altering its active location when isolated or threatened is believed to be a defense mechanism as well as a way to ensure that the children have access to prospective families. Behavior exhibited by SCP-####-A also suggests that the safety and care of the children are its top priorities. The abilities displayed by SCP-#### may suggest some will to be beneficial to the children, though whether the structure itself is in any way sentient remains unknown.