"We need to cancel the confidential adoption. It does not allow tolerant control over adopted children. The secret adoption is a burden from the soviet system. There is a myth that this mechanism protects children and parents from unnecessary attention and psychological trauma and ensures them a normal life," he said.
In his opinion, this is just a myth. "A child learns a truth, and the later it happens, the more unpredictable consequences will be. This may lead to resentment, rupture of relations and running away from home. The secret adoption is a priority of the adults’ interests over the child’s interests. It does not comply with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The child should know his natural parents. We have initiated a relevant bill concerning the abolition of the secret adoption," Pavlenko said.
In addition, each child at the age of 14 is entitled to find out the circumstances of adoption in a court case.
"I do not think it will affect a number of people willing to adopt. Most parents reveal this secret to the children from the first days. I do not see any negative aspects in the abolition of the secret adoption," Pavlenko stressed.
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