Ukraine insists on being informed of living conditions of each child, who now lives in the families of U.S. citizens, President’s Commissioner for Children's Rights Yuri Pavlenko said during a meeting with the U.S. Special Advisor for Children's Issues Ambassador Susan Jacobs, ForUm learned from the President’s press office.

Pavlenko reminded of the obligation of the U.S. Government to inform the Ukrainian authorities on the children, who may be at risk in families.

Children's Ombudsman has also expressed concern that the U.S. legal system does not take into account retaining of Ukrainian citizenship for children adopted by U.S. citizens. "We have confidence in the U.S. legal system for the protection of children's rights. However, we believe necessary to respect the requirements of the Ukrainian legislation and to take into account the fact that a child under the age of eighteen is a citizen of our country," he said.

The representative of the U.S. Department of State has assured to provide maximum assistance in obtaining information about children, whose adoptive parents have failed to provide the Embassy of Ukraine with an appropriate report. Ambassador Jacobs also noted that in the near future she will personally appeal to the leaders of the social services of all states on this issue.

In 2012, U.S. citizens adopted 480 Ukrainian children. One in four children is disabled.


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