Following a 3 year investigation from 2012 to February 2015 “DisabilityRights International” (DRI)found: - new economic hardships are increasing pressures on families in Ukraine to give up their children to orphanages - abusive conditions, exploitation and trafficking taking place throughoutUkraine’s orphanages This echoes much of what ChildAid has identified and written about for several years, and sadly there is no easing of the pain.
As the report identifies, being sent to an orphanage can lead to “irreversible psychological damage in all children”. A child needs a family to build emotional attachments and social development skills. Without this strong foundation they will grow up with life long difficulties.
“And I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty” (2 Cor 6:18).
Appallingly no one really knows how many children (with or without a disability) are in State care. UNICEF estimate 82,000, some NGOs suggest 200,000. The government say 29,000 but this is unrealistic as their method of data collection is suspect to say the least.