Children Adoption in Ukraine

The history of Ukraine adoption this is the rare example where the private initiative of the organization changed the system in the state. Children Adoption in Ukraine is one of the main initiatives and efforts in the fight against abandonment of children and most importantly give a family to a child instead of the boarding schools and orphanages.

I firmly believe that orphanages in Ukraine should not exist as a long term solution, every child should have a family and the only job of state orphanage should be to help find adoptive parents for the waiting children, who left with no parental care for whatever life’ reason.

The political will to help every child to find family and to abandon old system of Ukraine orphanages. The motto word for Ukraine adoption policy should be “Every child needs a family” and it shall become official state policy in the Ukraine adoption field. To take the best of international practice and policies, and to make it a working practice in Ukraine, to change Ukraine adoption policy in accordance to the best accepted standard in Europe and America, to live up to highest standards of what is best for the child, that we a country can do. And then each child in Ukraine will have a chance for a family, a chance for the future, a chance for the happiness. Lets at least try our best.

thanks to the Internet, Ukrainian information and news on Ukraine adoption through the blogs and news portal like Ukraine adoption gets out to news partners in all-Ukrainian public organization facilitating adoption in Ukraine. The war reveals all the problems and the number of children-orphans who deprived of parental care is growing. This applies to both the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, and in the whole of Ukraine. For the first 9 months of 2015 have been adopted and taken into foster care 513 children (last year during the same period, were 760 children transferred to orphanages.

Mother escaped through the window

22-year-old mother escaped through the window of the hospital after a couple of hours after giving birth

this is not a typical story of how children gets abandoned in Ukraine but rather one of the many: on 13 January in a maternity hospital in Mariupol 22-year-old mother after a couple of hours after childbirth tied sheets together and climbed down them from the second floor of the hospital. The child remained in the care of physicians.

Arrived in the ward, doctors saw only the open window and the sheets that a young mother was used instead of rope for the descent. In the hospital claim that information about himself and the father gave the mother miserable, so finding her will be difficult.

The police claim that the woman in addition to newborn baby boy has two more children (girls). One daughter lives with her father, and for the second child the woman is deprived of parental rights.

– Woman looking for. With a toddler everything is good, he is in the hospital now and will be transferred to young children orphanage in Ukraine later said, in a press-service of police of Ukraine in Donetsk region.

The Family, which everyone needs

Why have we chosen assistance to Ukraine orphanages of family type specifically not the general orphanage house but specific family-type orphanages ? Because we believe: children need a family. Of course, boarding schools, also requires help and assistance in every way but we believe the primal concept is different here, family -type orphanages has the key word that other type of government care for abandoned children do not have, it s the Family. Family type should bring to every orphan in its care something what every orphan needs the most is the Family. Every orphan kid likewise any other kid needs needs many other things as well but what he is deprived of is family care. It is certain we must provide all orphan children with what they need like food and clothing, sport gears and equipment, furniture, school belonging etc , and we will to the extent finances will permit us to do so, but what we can not provide is a Family. This is the new national policy of Ukraine on the public domain of Ukraine adoption: Family is a priority. Therefore under new Ukraine adoption  policies domestic and international adoption are set forth as prerogative in any decision on the fate of the abandoned children and only in those case where adoption of a child into a family is no longer an option then other state care solution should be considered. Family-type orphanage come into option of a secondary priority option in determining the future of abandoned child. It is also announced that before 2020 all or at least majority of school boards orphanages should be closed as outlive old state care facilities in upbringing orphan children. It is sure a daring statement on the part of the government, the goal is set too high almost at non-achievable level, but at least if we do only half the work government set out to do, we still going to achieve a great deal of good dead. So we will try. This is national policy towards Ukraine adoption practice set forth right now in Ukraine. The objective – children’s homes of family type as the Large adoptive family.
Family-type orphanages first appeared in Ukraine in 1989, but until 2008 were not favored nor actively present in Ukraine. It was only when state actively involved in the work of developing such approach it not not become a common solution to the problem of orphanage children. There were units all over Ukraine, in these orphanages were raised just 4 thousand children, in comparison in boarding schools were raise around 30 thousand in the same period of time. In Donetsk region were set up first family-type orphanages back in 2008 and later since 2011 in Ukraine.
In 2011 new project “Family for child”, and we started with the Dnepropetrovsk region, where new approach was developed of family forms of care, supported foster families, helped orphanages of family type. It turned out that in the Dnepropetrovsk region children quite readily accept the education. There were many such families created in Dnepropetrovsk region. As the result, today in the orphanages of Dnepropetrovsk region are somewhere around 500 orphans only, and you can assume that eventually we will find families for everyone!

Ukraine Church against the ban on abortion

Ukraine Church Metropolit Volodymyr against the ban on abortion
Metropolit Volodymyr spoke against the ban of abortions at the legislative level, adding that they need to fight “word and heart”.
Such opinion the head of the UOC of the Russian Patriarchate Church in Ukraine said on the air.
In particular, answering the question as it relates to the initiative to at the legislative level, the termination of pregnancy, Metropolit stated that the Church categorically “denies the possibility of abortion”, including their sin of murder.
“Regarding religious understanding – this murder, which terminates the life of a particular person,” he said.
“But there is another point of view. It is hardly necessary abortions to preach. We must fight against them, and this fight goes on,” said the Metropolit.
In his opinion, banning abortion will not bring the desired results. “It is better with no prohibitive law”.
Ukraine MP Shkil who proposed ban on abortion in Ukraine believes that to conduct such operations only if pregnant suffering from tuberculosis, diabetes, serious diseases of the lungs, kidneys, liver, heart, cardiovascular diseases and cancer or other medical reasons as well as the life threat disease to a child.

MP initiative was to ban abortion in Ukraine

Therefore new MP initiative was to ban abortion in Ukraine but met with the strong opposition
Ukraine MP Minister Bogatyreva banning abortion: everyone should have a choice
She stated “I am against abortion, but people should have a choice,” – said Bogatyrev.
“This choice depends not only on doctors but also on many issues: the environment in which woman was, whether she sees herself with a child or without, – said the Minister. – Until 1953 medical abortion in the USSR were banned and very severely punished. And there was a terrible mortality statistics of young women from illegal abortion – because if a person decided to do something, he will find a way to do it.”
There is also inherent conflict of interests : Doctors doing abortions violate the Hippocratic oath, that all doctors make prior becoming a doctor by status and profession. This statement made in Ukraine not only by the  Church but also by many citizens. While Raisa Bohatyryova stressed that she does not advise anyone to have abortions, it should not be banned.
“There will always be someone from the medical staff who will be able to help you with such personal decision such as an abortion.” – she summed up.
We will remind, earlier the MP Andrey Shkil has registered in the Verkhovna Rada Parliament of Ukraine a draft law banning women to voluntarily have abortions.

Improvement of the situation contributed to the prevention of unwanted pregnancies

Ukrainians have become less likely to abandon newborns. As statistics shows that in Ukraine people were less likely to leave newborn children in maternity homes. This was officially declared on the press conference, by the Deputy Director of the Department of motherhood, childhood and sanatorium ensuring V. Kolomiychuk. “In 2010, hospitals were left more than 700 children, and last year 599”, – said V. Kolomiychuk. According to the expert, the improvement of the situation contributed to the prevention of unwanted pregnancies. We will remind, earlier it was reported that Ukrainian Schoolgirls make 2 thousand abortions a year.

The project is intended to be interactive with adoptive parents

In the framework of a new social projects that have started in Ukraine, project organizer will introduce potential adoptive parents and interested in becoming one citizen with the real stories of adoptive waiting children who are in orphanages of Ukraine right now. The project is intended to be interactive where adoptive parents and compassionate people can help these children, as foster parents, potential adoptive parents or just as the friends of children citizens by taking part in the mentoring program. The fate of these children can change for the better with your help – in any case, and opportunity to track children success in the future.
Ukraine adoption initiative take a creative role to bring to the public attention the awareness of the problem of abandoned children in Ukraine and to create the environment for the better understanding of the need to bring this equal opportunity to each and every one child in Ukraine through adoption or foster care or at least public support and awareness of lives of these children in Ukraine orphanage, their daily difficulties and life obstacles, children who needs help from compassionate people. Children who needs adoption into domestic or international adoptive families or foster parents to better their lives and life opportunities.
In Kiev opened an exhibition devoted to problems of upbringing of children in orphanages. In the art gallery will show 8 art objects by Ukrainian artists, United by one theme, also in the gallery in Kiev, launched the exhibition-presentation of socio-cultural project “Open doors for children”. “We have a chance to realize the need for radical change to ensure equal rights for all children and provide an opportunity to grow in an environment of love and care,” said organizers in a release event. The project organized by the organization “Hope and homes”.
According to organizers, the project aims to emphasize the fact that the European integration is impossible without changes in every sphere of life, and especially in the lives of children who live in orphanages without the opportunity to exercise their rights in society.
The project involved artists and photographers, who provided eight of the art facilities. The first one is located at the entrance to the gallery. It is the cradle from 7 balloons, which symbolize the hope that the system would be destroyed.
Renowned photographer and documentary filmmaker Alexander Glyadelov is a social photo project “become as little children” – series of works of children from orphanages to family-type homes.
The painter Anton Logov has created an installation of mirrors, “a Long journey”. On the mirror written dreams and thoughts of children living in orphanages, which provide an opportunity to see how the lives of these children and to see myself in the mirror, to reflect on their own participation in the solution of this problem.
The work of Alexandra Gomeloboi is an example of how different children develop in the family and in the orphanage.
Yuriy Kruchak at the exposition will present the documentary project “Free wing”. The artist, visiting orphanages, taught children to create a flying machine – a glider – as a symbol of dreams that can be launched into the sky. The exhibition presents the works of these children, as well as videos about their lives.
Alina Pivnenko is a series of three portraits of famous people who were adopted, among them: the founder of Apple Steve Jobs, scientist-cosmologist Stephen Hawking and actor Pablo Pineda. Portraits-collages were created with fabric and glossy paper.
Completes project work Catherine Buchach. “Not rooted” are the plants in the water, in a sterile environment and with the perfect light, but without the land in which they could germinate. Through plants, the author shows families that cannot take root without children.