70% Of Vladimir Orphans Find New Families Within a Year

Another 23% do it later

In the Vladimir region, as of the end of 2021, 374 children were in the regional database of children without parental care. At the same time, 851 families have filed documents for the adoption of such children, according to data from the Federal State Statistics Service and the Ministry of Education. The information was presented in a convenient form by the project “To be exact”.

Children are most readily taken into families in the North Caucasus; the situation is most difficult in Siberia and the Far East. A similar trend is observed in the severity of the problem of social orphanhood (with living parents). Here the situation is most favorable in Krasnodar Krai, Moscow Oblast, and the regions of the North Caucasus. Low levels of child abandonment correlate with high levels of religiosity. As of 2021, 2% of all children in Russia had experienced orphanhood during their lifetime.

With more than double the number of those who want to adopt a child over the number of those in need of adoption, the Vladimir region is in the middle of the nationwide adoption ranking. In our region, 70% of children find new parents within a year after being recognized as orphans. Often adoptive parents are relatives of minors.

7% of children remain without adoption. This figure has not changed since 2016. At the same time, the number of organizations involved in the identification and placement of orphans (from 24 to 8), as well as the number of adoptions (from 595 in 2014 to 338 in 2021) has dropped significantly since 2014. The number of people in need of adoption decreased in roughly the same proportions. While in 2014 37 percent of families who were registered took in a children’s home, by 2021 that number had dropped to 18 percent.

Social orphans can both find new families and return to their biological parents. Citizens can restore their rights in court by proving that they have removed obstacles to raising children. Since 2014, the percentage of parents restored to their rights has fluctuated around the 5% mark. This is the Russian average.

There has been a significant improvement since 2014 in the provision of housing for orphans. While eight years ago only 13% of adults received their legal apartments during the year, by 2019 this figure reached 20%. Four out of five orphans wait longer for housing.

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