A sense of the scale of Russia’s problem

A rare few facts. Facts. So much more useful that ideological debate on the question of adoption. Can anyone deny that the scale of the Russian social orphan problem demands a multi-faceted, drastic set of solutions?


The article states:

But while negotiations on an agreement to regulate Russian-U.S. adoptions draw to a close, Russia’s domestic orphan problem lingers on. The Russian Children’s Welfare Society (RCWS), a non-governmental organization based in New York with an office in Moscow, estimates that the proportion of declared orphans is four to five times higher in Russia than in Europe or the United States. Some 30 percent live in orphanages. Most are children who have been either given up by their parents or removed from dysfunctional families by the authorities. As of 2009, there were 2,176 orphanages in Russia. That number has grown by more than 100 percent in the last decade, reports RCWS, whose main mission is to help Russian orphans.

The numbers of institutions!–And one’s intuitive knowledge that teenagers will not remain in those situations–Our certain knowledge of what happens to such children as they get older….Advocacy needs to be sharper and more empirically based.


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