Ukraine's Ombudsperson Karpachyova and US Ambassador Taylor address adoption issue

Other News Materials 15 September 2006 16:20 (UTC +04:00)

(ForUm) - Ukraine's Ombudsperson Nina Karpachyova met with US Ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor to discuss matters related to Ukrainian orphans, who have been adopted by Americans; the Cabinet press office informed referring to the Ombudsman press service.

In the course of the meeting, Karpachyova drew the US diplomat's attention to Ukrainian kids, who have suffered from parental violence and sexual molestation. The diplomat expressed his regret over such tragic incidents and informed Nina Karpachyova about the US Administration's steps to duly protect adopted children. In particular, Peggie Sue Hill, who killed her Ukrainian adopted child, was sentenced to 35 years in prison. As far as the three Ukrainian boys are concerned, who were sexually molested by D. Krueger and who were visited by a Ukrainian Consulate General official in San Francisco, the envoy pledged his personal control over them, reports Trend.

In view of the USA posing as the nation, which adopts the biggest number of Ukrainian children, the Ombudsperson suggested to sign bilateral agreements on adoption between Ukraine and the USA. As she said, US adopted parents have adopted 6,271 Ukrainian kids out of the total number of 16,174 children, since Ukraine became an independent state.

Regrettably, as of July 1, 2006, Ukrainian diplomatic institutions received no mandatory accounts about 795 Ukrainian adopted children from their parents. Nina Karpachova also stated her concern over adopting children as having become a most profitable business for unscrupulous agents.