In Transcarpathia, there are now 2,245 orphans and children deprived of parental care, most of them – over 85 percent – are covered by family care. The number of children in this category, who live in orphanages, is decreasing every year.
For example, while in 2013, over four hundred children were raised in the orphanages of the region, today – only two hundred and seventy. This was reported during a press conference at the press center of the Transcarpathian regional state administration by the Head of the Service for Children of the Regional State Administration Svitlana Yakimelina. Currently, there are 46 family-type homes and 62 foster families in the region, where more than four hundred children are being raised.
Since the beginning of this year, 29 children have been adopted in the region, 9 of them – by foreigners. Currently, there are forty-nine couples in the queue for adoption.
Over the last ten years, the number of registered children living in incapable families in Transcarpathia has been decreasing. During ten years, their number decreased by half. "In 2007, there were fourteen hundred registered children whose parents were evading their duties. Now, there are seven hundred children and two hundred ninety families – S. Yakimelina said. – However, this year there is an increase in the number of children registered for reasons of ill-treatment. Since the beginning of the year, their number has increased from 42 to 47."