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.

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!

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…

Ukraine may join the European network of children’s ombudsmen

Pavlenko plans to strengthen the protection of children’s rights in Ukraine.
Ukraine is ready to implement the recommendations for membership of the European network of ombuds persons for the rights of the child (ENOC), which unites 27 countries.
This was stated by Commissioner of the President of Ukraine for children’s rights Yuriy Pavlenko during a meeting with the Commissioner for children’s rights of Poland, Chairman of ENOC Marek Michalak, reported in a press-service of the head of state. The new policies will affect Ukraine adoption programs, adoption process in respect to the domestic adoption and adoption practice in relevance to the international adoption with respect to international adoptive parents and foreign families wishing to adopt a child or chilkdren from Ukraine.
“We believe it is extremely important for Ukraine’s membership in the European network of children’s ombudsmen. Therefore, we prepared step by step to implement the suggestions that will come from ENOC in order to gradually acquire the membership”, – said Commissioner on children right in Ukraine.
Speaking about his activities in the position of Commissioner for children’s rights, Yuriy Pavlenko noted that for 9 months of work followed by a General analysis of the situation in the state for the protection of children’s rights, including without limitation international adoption policies towards international adoptive parents and families wishing to adopt children from Ukraine, as well as sociological research, in which for the first time in the history of Ukraine will reflect the thought of the child. In addition, carried out monitoring and analysis of action of institutions in relation to the child, reviewed more than 1,500 citizens, almost half of which children’s rights have been restored, initiated the prosecution of guilty officials.
“The results drafted and submitted proposals for amendments to the legislation in protecting the rights of children in Ukraine”, – said Commissioner.
Regarding the organization of work for the protection of children’s rights in Ukraine Chairman of the European network of ombuds persons for children’s rights Marek Michalak noted that for efficient operation it is necessary to introduce the European model of the Ombudsman is competent and independent, which has certain immunities during operation in Ukraine, legislative support for its activities from Ukraine Government and officials across across political and administrative bodies of Ukraine, the right of legislative initiative and independent budget to successfully function in Ukraine.
Also, according to M. Michalak, it is important that the Commissioner have the right to monitor the realization of programs of children’s rights in other institutions and mechanisms of punishment in case of their violation. Special attention was drawn to the need for the development of the office of Ombudsman for children in Ukraine, because under his care shall be about 8 million Ukrainians minors.
The great number of other related question shall be promoted to public attention in Ukraine through the use and efforts of the new office. Question of Ukraine adoption were not left aside but rather required a focus and coordination to create and develop comprehensive and internationally compliant adoption program in Ukraine which will adequately address the issues and answers all the questions in both international adoption from Ukraine by international adoption parents and internationally qualified adoptive families who wish to adopt a child from Ukraine, but equally responsive to all issues and questions arising from programs of domestic adoptions in Ukraine by Ukrainian citizen. All question on Ukraine adoption programs will be discussed publicly and shall be brought up for discussion by international expert in these domain.
During the meeting the sides agreed to exchange experience between Ukrainian and Polish specialists and the organization of internships in the office of the Polish children’s Ombudsman.
Earlier it was reported that the UN welcomes the establishment in Ukraine of the office of Ombudsman for children.

During the conflict in the Donbas has killed at least 65 children

According to estimates of the Ukrainian authorities, an additional 127 children were injured.

The presidential Commissioner for children’s rights Mykola Kuleba has said that according to official data, during the conflict in the Donbass killed at least 65 children, and another 127 were injured.

“Official statistics of the Ukrainian government today is 127 children have been injured in this conflict, it is confirmed by specific documents. Just yesterday during the rally were injured two 15-year-old, one of whom is in very serious condition… the deaths are also very difficult to say the exact number, but according to our calculations is already more than 65 children who were killed”, – he said at a briefing.

However Kuleba emphasized that accurate data on the number of dead and wounded children lead difficult. So, the UN provides data on the 159 wounded children.

It should be noted that the official data of the Ukrainian authorities is comparable with the data that manifests the UN with reference to medical facilities (including those located in uncontrolled Ukraine area). So, according to the UN, on February 12 were killed including 63 children, 159 children were injured.

The Commissioner for children’s rights Yuriy Pavlenko resigned

He stated that categorically condemns the use of violence by the security forces. The presidential Commissioner for children’s rights Yuriy Pavlenko submitted a letter of resignation due to “failure to perform their duties”.

He stated this on his page in Facebook.

“Strongly condemn the violence by the special forces against peaceful demonstrators, youth, students and children,” – said Pavlenko.

The Commissioner added that up to this point he had done everything possible to ensure the rights of children-the protesters or the children dragged into the conflict. “Today will continue to do this as a citizen of Ukraine”, – said Pavlenko.

He also called on all parties to stop the bloodshed.