Number of child adoptions from Kazakhstan and Russia to decrease

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Kazakhstan, Astana, July 19 / Trend, D. Mukhtarov /

The number of Russian and Kazakh children adopted by foreigners has significantly decreased in recent years, Children's Rights Commissioner for the President of the Russian Federation Pavel Astakhov told Trend today.

"A decline in adoptions of Russian and Kazakh children by foreign parents has been observed in recent years," Astakhov said.

According to him, 15,000 children from Russia and the USA were adopted in 2001, but this indicator was 600 persons in 2012.

"As you can see, without any moratorium, more and more citizens from Russia and Kazakhstan would adopt children. We shouldn't deprive children of the opportunity of living in their hometown,", Astakhov noted.

He also reported that Russian adoptive parents adopt more disabled children than foreigners.
"We analyzed figures for 2011. Foreigners adopted 176 disabled children from Russia, Americans adopted 89. Russian adoptive parents adopted 1,075 disabled children the same year. The difference as you can see exists," Astakhov said.

According to him, the statistics for 20 years indicates that, the Americans have adopted less than 5 percent of eligible Russian disabled children.

"We are grateful to them in these cases too, but the situations were different. There are examples when two families from USA adopted disabled children. One family adopted disabled girls for sex, the other- only boys, who were simply bullied,", he noted.
According to Astakhov, the creation of the Children's rights Institute in Kazakhstan is under the president.

According to Astakhov, the creation of Institute in Kazakhstan on Children's rights analogical to the Russian one, is the issue of pulic discussion in Kazakhstan, Astakhov said.
"But we made a decision with Askar Shakirov (Commissioner for Human Rights under the President of Kazakhstan) on close cooperation and consolidation in an independent Association," Pavel Astakhov noted.

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