Ukraine loses the status of the intercountry adoption donor, President’s commissioner for children's rights Yuri Pavlenko told a briefing, ForUm correspondent reports.

"It happened so not because of banning intercountry adoption, but because of development of national adoption and family-based upbringing," Pavlenko said.

According to him, for the first 8 months of this year, Ukrainians adopted more than a thousand children and took care of more than thousand children, while foreign nationals adopted only 390 Ukrainian children.

Pavlenko noted that there is a line of 1.600 Ukrainian families for adoption of children under the age of 5 years.

There are cases when Ukrainians wishing to adopt a child under the age of 5 years go abroad to do that.

Pavlenko added that more than 23 thousand children, two thirds of whom are older than seven years, are waiting for adoption in Ukraine.

Pavlenko also emphasized the need for Ukraine to ratify the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption.

According to him, the ratification will allow Ukraine to monitor the living conditions of of each child taken abroad.

Pavlenko added that the Hague Convention also gives priority to the national adoption.


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