Foreigners outnumber Russians in orphan adoptions

Foreigners outnumber Russians in orphan adoptions

12 Apr, 06:05 PM

Foster placement of orphans and children left without parental care has become less common in Moscow, Aleksey Golovan, ombudsman for children, told the Interfax news agency.

 “It is not yet clear why it happened, the issue still needs investigating,” he said in an interview with an Interfax correspondent, adding that the number of adoptions has dropped by 14 percent.

“Although domestic adoption is on the top of our agenda, foreigners adopting Russian children have again outnumbered adoptions by Russian citizens,” he pointed out, illustrating his statement with statistics: "Domestic adoptions in Moscow have dropped by 28 percent, while international adoption in town has gone up by 31 percent.”

According to Golovan, even though guardianship has always been the most popular form of foster placement in Moscow and all over Russia, the number of children placed under guardianship has decreased by 7 percent.  

On the other hand, there are some positive tendencies, too. “The number of children living in foster homes has grown by 3 times to 71 children, which is not a very high figure by itself, and remains one of the lowest indices in Russia's Central Federal District. Foster family placements work best in rural areas,” he pointed out.

Fewer numbers of orphans and children left without parental care in Moscow also give rise to some optimism. There were 3168 such children in 2007, but the number dropped to 2917 in 2008.  

Aleksey Golovan sincerely hopes that the social abandonment prevention program adopted in Moscow at the end of 2008  will bring about a long-awaited breakthrough in foster placement of orphans. “The program offers opportunities that may effectively turn the tide within a few years,’ Golovan stressed.

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