334 orphan children have been adopted in St. Petersburg since the start of the year, 31 more child from St. Petersburg was adopted by families from other Russian regions, a spokesperson for the office of Anna Mityanina, St. Petersburg Ombudsman for children’s rights, told Saint-Petersburg TV Channel.
According to the St. Petersburg Committee for social policy, as of November 1 the regional database of children waiting for adoption contained information on more than 1250 orphans. 437 of them have health problems, and 584 have brothers and sisters.
Families often tend to adopt smaller children with no serious health problems, Anna Mityanina noted. It is more difficult to find a new family for older children, or those with severe medical conditions, or those who have brothers and sisters.
Information on children that can be adopted is available only for those who have been approved by social care authorities as successful candidates for foster families. Would-be foster parents ought to complete a special training course and prove they can provide adequate living conditions for the adopted children.