Adoption policies were in favor of domestic adoption in Ukraine

In the previous policies of Ukraine on children adoption programs under previous president of Ukraine Yanukovych national adoption programs were set in favor of Ukraine domestic adoption “Ukrainian orphans should be adopted Ukrainians” rather then international adoption programs, today under a new government Ukraine national policy focus on results of bring together adoptive families and waiting children together regardless of origin of adoptive parents national Ukrainian adoptive parents of international adoptive parents, the focus remain clear, every child should be place with adoptive parents.
The previous president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych should be credited with much of the positive changes that was made under his governance, he called for an improvement of the responsible authorities in Ukraine adoption field, but policies were in favor of domestic adoption of Ukraine children -orphans to be adopted by citizens of Ukraine.
He told about it during all-Ukrainian meeting on child rights, and what priorities should be for Ukraine adoption authorities, here is some of his statement to the press service of the President.
“We need to make sure every child deprived of parental care, regardless of age and health was adopted by citizens of Ukraine and stayed in the Homeland,” he said.
The head of state stressed that Ukraine should be improved the system of informing of citizens about the possibilities of adoption.
“We need to improve, to overcome stereotypes in such a delicate area of adoption, better inform citizens, to more effectively involve media,” – said Yanukovych.
The President noted that in the last 2 years the number of children adopted by citizens of Ukraine is constantly decreasing.
Yanukovych stressed that at least in the media and there are calls to adopt children, but information about the children themselves are hard to find.
“From screens of TVs and pages of Newspapers are continually urging people to take the orphaned child into their family, but information about what children may be adopted to find very difficult,” said President.
According to him, the responsible authorities should effectively attract the media to their information campaigns.

Ukraine started new mentoring project for children-orphans

Ukraine adoption program facilitates Ukrainians who wish to become mentors with orphanage children. In Ukraine started new mentoring project for children-orphans and children who deprived of parental care as Ukraine  states the status of children in custody of federal government family-type orphanages. Representatives of Service for children of Kiev and mentoring project “One Hope” – the first turn to participate in the project are selected teenagers who have no loved ones. Volunteers who are willing to become close friends for the orphans, undergo a rigorous selection and special training under the federal program of Ukraine adoption set forth for domestic adoptive parents and people considering the option of adopting children from orphanages.
“The goal of the project is the formation of the closest emotional relationships,by and between adoptive parents under domestic adoption parents and waiting children in Ukraine orphanages’ says a curator from the Service for children of Julia Udovenko. Similar program will be set forth for international adoptive families wishing to undergo similar type of program to have such opportunity to meet with waiting children in Ukraine adoption orphanages. – A mentor is a friend who will be with the child to enjoy his success, to which the child can turn to for help. A long-term project, it does not end at the exit of the child from the orphanage. If possible, the mentor should invite the child to my family, on weekends, on vacation. For starters, such outlets can be a caregiver from the orphanage or from the coordinator of our project”. Lean more on this programs and initiative set forth under Ukraine adoption project one child – one family.

Get the help where ever you can

If there is a will there is a way as the popular saying goes one children adoption service agency sent children from orphanages at the world hockey championship
Students of the Kyiv, Ukraine municipal orphanage №1, the Stationary-educational boarding school №26 and children from crisis families had the unique opportunity to visit the world hockey championship, held at the Ice arena SEC “Terminal” in Brovary (Kyiv region).
Trip for pupils of Kyiv boarding schools organized by the international charitable Foundation, reported on the official website of ICF.
According to the Director of the boarding school O. Pavlichenko, the attention of organizers and unforgettable emotions – this is the ultimate gift for the orphans. “Our pupils had no opportunities to attend such an event. Comfortable buses, which delivered the children to the championship and back to the hostel for a delicious dinner created an atmosphere of celebration,” said O. Pavlichenko. According to her, such events not only give children experience, but also stimulate their desire to play sports and get the joy of victory. Learn more on efforts made out to Ukraine adoption programs by international adoption agencies and associations. “To overestimate the emotional rise children it’s hard, I’m sure that this championship they will never forget,” said O. Pavlichenko.
Children from Kyiv city orphanage No. 1 told that the championship they liked, the game was fun and intense and they got unforgettable impressions. “To be honest, I’ve never had the opportunity to attend such an event. I am fond of hockey and because this event was for me a real treat. In addition, I enjoyed the trip, I even saw a real game professionals. I thank the Foundation for the opportunity to attend this celebration and the sea of positive emotions”, – said the pupil in a city shelter Alexander P.

How to adopt abandoned children in Ukraine ?

For past years of children adoption foundation in Ukraine has helped thousands children to find their adoptive parents and foster care. Two out of these three adopted children were adopted in Ukraine through domestic adoption program with Ukrainian parents. All these children are the lucky ones, they have found their adoptive families their fathers and mothers, their new families. They will grow in their new families and there be a lot of doors that will be opened before them. It will not be easy. But they already have and will have a choice. Something other children do not have.
The history of adoption in Ukraine – this is the rare example where the private initiative of the organization changed the system in the state. Ukraine Adoption is one of the main tools, and probably the most important method in the fight against children abandonment in Ukraine as well as in any other country that face the same problem of abandoned children like Ukraine adoption today. For other children who have not found their adoptive family the choice will be left between the boarding schools and orphanages.
There are many voice today that says that Ukraine should do away with this old system of orphanages in Ukraine, it is simply should not exist any more. Who would of say no ? Children should grow up in families, and good families, but do we actually have this alternatives? Perhaps orphanages of family type a new government initiatives will do help in solving the problem to a certain extent but it will not solve the problem to the point that entire boarding school system can be dismantled and forgotten as the thing of the past.
Here are some barriers?
First, the “residential” system of orphanage in Ukraine is new and not fully developed as the concept it is positive but it is still new. It works this way to prevent adoption of the children by adoptive parents in both domestic and/or international adoptions. The argument behind this statement is in the fact how these family type orphanage organized, they get their government financing as a boarding schools based on the number of orphaned children admitted in the school. Therefore, as the argument goes employees of these institution family-type orphanages are the first people who are not interested in adoption of their orphanage children.
Very often, children are being hidden from potential adoptive parents, who would take the child or children into their personal adoptive family, not the institution family type orphanage. It is also noted that these family-type orphanages attribute to a non-existent illness or mental disorder of the child to prevent these children to be adopted by adoptive parents, as a some sort of deterrent factor that will discourage adoptive parents from going any further to adopt these children, labeled with mental disease. But will these institution family-type orphanage any better for a child then adoptive family ? of course not. But bureaucracy still makes its way. Certainly these people and institutions are not govern by the best interest of the child.
Every good adoptive organization in Ukraine shall be able to verify these “disease” and tell the truth to adoptive parents, the true state of health of the adoptive child and with the help of authorised adoptive agencies to  overcome all of these obstacles and get these “institutional disease” treated immediately with the help of government legal assistance office. Ukraine policies towards abandoned children in orphanages are made clear for everyone and give priorities in the field of adoption, both domestic adoptions and international adoption. Ukraine adoption is the priority policy towards abandoned children in Ukraine.
The second problem, which systematically employs only the public initiative is the formation in Ukraine of the culture of adoption. Although over the last 10 years have seen fantastic mental shift in culture of adoption in Ukraine there is still much left to be done to develop better understanding and public receipt and public encouragement for adoption. Now adoption in Ukraine is no taboo subject for discussion, no shame, no big deal. But still it is not yet encouraged and public did not speak in favor of it openly. The process of public learning is still going on with much of a progress.
The third problem is the most difficult right now, it has been aggravated by the armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine is a social orphanhood. This is when devastated economic fabric of society and deteriorating welfare state and medical care forcing parents to leave children because of socio-economic problems or because of severe diseases of child.
Ukraine adoption programs has all “prescriptions and drugs” in order to solve the problem of orphanhood and to permanently close the doors of children’s orphan homes.
Ukraine adoption federal program shall adopt only 4 steps:
1. The political will to close orphanages as the system for child care, with adoption programs in place to care for abandoned children
2. Motto “Every child needs a family” has already become official state policy of Ukraine in the adoption field
3. To take working adoption policies and practice in Ukraine to support both domestic adoption and international adoption of Ukraine children. To adopt the best of international practice and policy in the field of domestic and international adoptions.
4. Roll the sleeves and work
Then each of the presently abandoned child in Ukraine will have a chance for a new family, a chance for the future, a chance at happiness.
God Bless

Children of Donetsk were evacuated to foster families

In the Donetsk region situation with adoptive children were difficult to say at least the region hit by the war. War ruined many lives and affected all people living there and in Ukraine as a country no one left untouched by the war. War distracted all the attention – the state became less concerned with children and issues of children adoption in Ukraine, effort towards issues of children abandonment became neglected by officials in Kiev, because in the foreground there were other problems brought by the war. No, of course, we do not see a sharp decline in government help to help orphan children, but we don’t see any growth, which is a must in situation of war and it is very sad.
And this despite the fact that in previous years orphanages in Donetsk have achieved development of a systematic approach to the orphan hood in the country. We have focused on the prevention of this phenomenon as the primal cause of abandoned kids, government assistance to families in difficult situations did help to avoid may families from total collapse and therefore prevent children from being send to orphanage system, the preservation of the native family for every child was the goal in mind for every social welfare program introduced by the state, and our lead began to follow in other part of Ukraine in other orphanage system on both municipal and federal level of children programs. There were created two mother and child center model type service in Donetsk and Kiev, to help ease the program of orphanage in Ukraine and they helped to keep children in families who wanted to give up the baby to orphanage in Ukraine. There was an opened a support Center for families and children, which helps more than 1 thousand families to keep the family and their children in their families… But war has put a stop on further program progress and the present efforts and expense from the government is not enough. Therefore in our opinion the help to children today may come from adoptive parents both national and international adoption programs and adoptive families. Ukraine adoption is a one single program that may give the most amount of help to all orphanage in Ukraine. Ukraine adoption international assistance to adoptive parents the one requires least amount of government support, and except of regulation free government effort of helping abandoned kids in Ukraine orphanages. Ukraine adoption domestic program expected to be the most effective solution to deal with abandoned children in Ukraine but requires substantial government assistance programs to the Ukraine domestic adoptive families who will adopted children from orphanages in Ukraine.
We all should remember that behind mere listing of achievements there are all of us, Ukraine children in orphanages and in adoptive families, there are lives and stories , there are our Ukraine history. Stories of those who did not get into a boarding school because he already had a home, and every home with children is a valuable and must be cherished.
But now in Donetsk everything stopped. Our first priority was the salvation of men who fight in war. Children of Donetsk were evacuated to foster families and family-type orphanages away from the war zone, but for how long the war shall continues , nobody knows … for now in matters of child abandonment, its overcoming and prevention in the country everything has practically stopped…

“In Ukraine there is no youth policy”- Opinion

Recently in Ukraine start to appear a clear national youth policy, clear policies and set practice for Ukraine adoption, fostercare and orphanage.
This was announced by presidential Commissioner for children’s rights during a round table on the topic “Easy to be young” at the Gorshenin Institute.
“It’s hard for me to say unequivocally that has been the state youth policy. Recently very difficult to determine where it’s directed. There are no government programs, no clear funding to solve the problems of youth, almost a year was formed the state service of youth and sports. So to say that there is a clearly defined public policy, I can not”, – said Pavlenko.
According to the expert, this policy should be directed at the ability of youth to develop and achieve success in their country of Ukraine.
“It is obvious that the current generation is better than the previous one, in terms of independence and clarity. For them there is only one country – Ukraine. There is no allegiance to another country. The fact that 65% of Ukrainians, according to sociological research, are proud of their country, just prove it. “

Ukraine has the chance of a population explosion

More than half of young Ukrainians want to have more than one child.
This was told by Vadim Denisenko, chief editor of the weekly “Komentari” during the presentation of the results of sociological survey “Youth of Ukraine”.
The study was conducted by the Gorshenin Institute and the weekly “Komentari” with the support of Victor Pylypyshyn Fund.
“We have a chance to get out of demographic crisis, a great chance. According to our study, more than 68% of respondents said they want to have two or more children. To the question “How many children you want to have?” was almost 16% reported one child, but of 68.3% two, 14% three, and almost 2% – four and more. Trend is — in theory — is very optimistic,” – said Denisenko.
According to him, family is a priority for today’s youth. 75% girls and 64.3%. answering the question “What is important to you — family or career?”, chose family.