Russia’s Ombudsman for Children’s Rights Pavel Astakhov and I agree on at least one objective: “Russia with no orphans!”
“Russia needs 5 years to do away with orphanhood”, Astakhov says, adding that “only specialized orphanages for children who need a complex medical care will remain in this country”.
On the other hand, Astakhov is a strong proponent of ending adoptions by families who do not live in Russia. He is extremely vocal in his opposition to adoption of Russian orphans by families in the U.S.
Of course, my view is that orphans from any country should be able to be adopted by families from any country, and that it should not cost a fortune to accomplish the adoption.
You can read more about Astakhov’s views on adoption by foreigners in a recent post on the Voiceof Russia.
Big Family Mission in encouraging Russian Christians to become more active in adopting orphans and reaching the goal that is impossible to reach without God's help: "Russia with No Orphans"!
|Young Russian couple has brought several orphan children into their family|