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In Ukraine, there are over 103 thousand children in Ukraine who were either orphans or children either abandoned by their parents, or whose parents were deprived of parental custody (the figures used in my report have been picked up from different sources and averaged; the figures vary).

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There are over 11 thousand children of preschool age in the orphanages of Ukraine. Out of those 11 thousand, 2.7 thousand are physically or mentally handicapped. The number of "social orphans" as they are called in Ukrainian statistics ( in various books), that is the children whose parents have been taken parental custody of their children, and is constantly on the rise with the increase of about one thousand children a year or so. They are mostly parents who cannot take care of their children because of alcohol or drug abuse. So the state takes away their rights. The estimate for the end of the year 2002 was 8,000 social orphans; in Ukraine.

Ukraine has slid into the category of poor countries. The care of orphans, homeless and runaway children is a problem that many poor or "less-developed countries" face. Ukraine has to face and deal with it. Even people who are retired and get pension are better protected than orphans who are too small to demand the state to pay more attention to them.

Ukraine has slid into the category of poor countries. The care of orphans, homeless and runaway children is a problem that many poor or "less-developed countries" face. Ukraine has to face and deal with it. Even people who are retired and get pension are better protected than orphans who are too small to demand the state to pay more attention to them.

Many orphanages are forced to start growing vegetables and fruit in their gardens in order to provide better nourishment for their orphanages. Besides, there are all kinds of regulations and bans on what is allowed and what is not allowed for children to have. Ice cream is banned, for example, because it does not fit sanitary policies; Clothes and bed sheets are in short supply. Instead of 50 to 70 children like most western European countries, Ukrainian orphan boarding schools are overcrowded with up to 300 children; almost a hundred orphans do not have running water; 104 of them have no gyms; over a hundred are in bad repair and twenty are in very bad conditions.

The number of children who need to be placed in orphanages is growing and hundreds of the homeless children are kept at many medical centers and hospitals across the country. It is in these hospitals that the facilitators and people who work there are forced to care for these children. Yet with no knowledge of how to do so. After an amount of time these same children are forced out on the streets once again.

Another problem that Ukrainian society seems to be blinded by is the homelessness of thousands of children in Ukraine. In the city of Kiev alone there must be several thousand of homeless children; "Mr. Yatsenko, head of the Homeless Children Department at the Otchy Dim International Charity Organization, says that he personally knows at least a thousand homeless children

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