The number of orphans reduces annually in Ukraine, President's Commissioner for Children's Rights Yuri Pavlenko told a briefing, ForUm correspondent reports.

"About 50% of American families want to adopt a child under 6 years old, and there are around 3% of such children today. About 50% of children, who are subject to international adoption, are children under 12 years old. Only one in ten foreign adoptive family wants to take a child over 12 years. The proportion is constantly changing: number of small children decreases, and the percentage of adult children increases. A number of orphans in Ukraine decreases every year," he said.

Pavlenko reminded that in Ukraine, children under 5 years of age can be adopted only by Ukrainian family. According to him, this restriction was imposed, as 1.5 thousand families want to adopt a baby in Ukraine every year. "Last year, Ukrainians adopted 2.016 children and foreigners - 807. 3.407 children were adopted in the family-type children's homes. A large number was taken into custody. Thus, about 82% of orphaned children are raised in families of Ukrainian citizens in the follow-up of 2012," Pavlenko said.

President's Commissioner for Children's Rights added that 26 thousand children, who are registered in the Ukrainian database, can be adopted, and of these, about 12 million can be adopted by foreigners.


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