Ukraine…Open…?

January 12th, 2011
Posted By: on Ukraine Adoption

937195_-globe_in_hand-The country of Ukraine lies between the border countries of the Russian Federation and Moldova/Romania. It is a country that has been hit with great strife and economical hardships during its connection with and since its separation from the USSR. There are struggles for power and control that have resulted in mass poverty and depression. Alcoholism is a significant result of the depression that overshadows this country. According to a recent source, as many as twenty-five thousand children have entered orphanages in this country in the recent years. The need is incredible. Yet, need is not enough in some cases. As of November 2010, the Ukrainian government is trying to pass a moratorium [ to cease] "intercountry adoptions from countries without bilateral agreements… [more]

Ukrainian Orphanage Blogs: Kramatorsk

October 12th, 2006
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Categories: Blogs, Orphanages

Cool Stuff by www fg-a com I blogged that information on specialized (handicapped) Ukrainian orphanages and internats (orphanages for children 7 years and older) is available on the internet. There is no grand conspiracy to hide the truth about these orphanages. Life is hard. I remember hearing of a Ukrainian orphanage in 2003... 25% of their children died from Chicken Pox. When a child's immune system is weakened due to poor nutrition anything can and does happen. Does this happen all the time? No. But children can and do die in orphanages. And when this happens it should be investigated by the Ukrainian government. And it is investigated. And there is oversight on the orphanage directors. The orphanages have always had "inspectors". These "inspectors"… [more]

Ukrainian Orphanage Blogs: Crimea, Donetsk, Kyiv, Kharkiv

October 11th, 2006
Posted By: on Ukraine Adoption
Categories: Orphanages

Cool Stuff by www fg-a com I am continuing to list the places to find information and photos on Ukrainian specialized orphanages and internats. (Note: I am use the "cool stuff" photo because these bloggers are doing very cool things.) Amber has a short piece about visiting Yolichka. This is a baby orphanage in the Crimean, but since they have AIDs babies, I counted them as specialized. Next a visit to Donetsk.... I am pretty certain that Makievka = Makiivka. This is an AIDS orphanage. Workers with Mission Ukraine, a church-supported ministry, first met the orphans in 2001 in a cold orphanage with 247 broken windows. Mission Ukraine repaired the windows and hosted a summer camp to introduce the orphans and the facility’s staff to… [more]

Ukrainian Orphanage Blogs: Dnepro, Volhynia, Odessa

October 9th, 2006
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Categories: Orphanages

Cool Stuff by www fg-a com I am continuing to list the places to find information and photos on Ukrainian specialized orphanages and internats. (Note: I am use the "cool stuff" photo because these bloggers are doing very cool things.) I love the Hibs football (soccer) fans. This Scottish team traveled to Dnepropetrovsk Ukraine to play a match in 2005. And their fans decided to visit and drop some donations off at an orphanage. After seeing so much need at the orphanage, they banded together and created the Dniprokids.com charity. September 2006 the charity delivered donations to 2 Dnepro orphanages; Odinkovka and Predniprovsk. They also provided donations for a Dnepro Crisis Pregnancy Centre. The charity posted photos on their web site. There are a couple of… [more]

Ukrainian Orphanage Blogs: Berdyansk, Vinnitsa, Uzhgorod, Zhytomyr

October 9th, 2006
Posted By: on Ukraine Adoption
Categories: Orphanages

Cool Stuff by www fg-a com I blogged that information on specialized (handicapped) Ukrainian orphanages and internats (orphanages for children 7 years and older) is available on the internet. There is no grand conspiracy to hide the truth about these orphanages. Life is hard. Sometimes a child dies because "no one cared enough to buy $10 worth of penicillin". (Note: I am use the "cool stuff" photo because these bloggers are doing very cool things.) So here are some blogs and photos. Many of these bloggers are in Ukraine for Christian missionary work. Sarah (20 year old American) is volunteering in Berdyansk, Ukraine. She is working at what she calls a "first stage orphanage". This is a shelter. It is similar to an American emergency… [more]

Ukrainian Orphanage Changes: Family Style

October 8th, 2006
Posted By: on Ukraine Adoption
Categories: Orphanages

Ukraine Map The International Social Service (ISS) completed an a 128 page assessment of Ukrainian adoption in October 2005. The backstory on why this report was produced is found here. The ISS recommended. A placement facility [for a child taken into state custody] should be selected as close as possible to the child's environment, perferably in the form of a small "family-style" living unit. I just found a great blog by a young American woman named Rosa. She visited one of the new "family-style" housing. It is part of an existing orphanage. There aren't many set up in Ukraine yet. Rosa is living in Zhytomir Ukraine for the next 9 months. In years past she visited in the summer to help with Christian… [more]

Modern Day Slavery: Human Trafficking

October 7th, 2006
Posted By: on Ukraine Adoption

Crying I shared a news story about the modern slave trade.. now know as human trafficking. And I found a story about Hungary emerges as base for foreign organised crime groups. Hungary-Ukraine border experiences cigarette and human trafficking. And I discussed Ukrainian Human Trafficking and Poverty. I recently found a book titled The Natashas: Inside the New Global Sex Trade. Here is the link to it http://www.amazon.com/Natashas-Inside-Global-Sex-Trade/dp/1559707356. My darling daughter is named Natasha. She was adopted from a Ukrainian orphanage at 3.5 years of age. She is now 9.5 years old. I had never heard of trafficked women being called Natasha as a label before. Another thing to break my heart... and make me angry… [more]

Do Children Die at Ukrainian Orphanages?

October 6th, 2006
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Sunset at Death Valley Terry Hallman (American living in Ukraine) wrote an blog/opinion piece that he titled Ukraine's Death Camps for Children. I really didn't like the emotional language that he choose to use. I did an informal poll. I cannot find a single person (friend, family or stranger in the parking lot) who didn't think Holocaust when I said "death camp". But Terry and a few other folks don't seem to understand why his useage of "death camp" triggers some negative reactions. I blogged about my background in relationship to the Ukrainian orphanage system. I adopted from a very poor specialized (handicapped) orphanage in a rural village right outside of Kharkiv. I have been bugged by my response… [more]

I Adopted From A Specialized Orphanage

October 2nd, 2006
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Green Forest Orphanage - Main Building (c) www life2orphans org I adopted my darling daughter Natasha from Green Forest Orphanage in 2000. This yellow building is where my daughter lived for years. She was 3.5 years of age at time of adoption. Green Forest Orphanage is specialized. I remember being told by the NAC (Ukrainian adoption authority in 2000) that my referral was at a specialized orphanage. I freaked just a little. I was very emotional (as most people are during their Ukrainian adoption trip). I knew that specialized meant handicapped. I was open to mild and some moderate issues but handicapped? Well I didn't know then.... it doesn't take much for a child to land into a specialized orphanage. Yes there… [more]

Ukraine’s Death Camps (Orphanages) for Children

September 22nd, 2006
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There is a man by the name of Terry Hallman (American living in Ukraine) who has written an blog/opinion piece that he titled Ukraine's Death Camps for Children. You can also find it here. Terry posted his piece about 5 months ago and I have been thinking about a response. First I need to start with why I HATE this writing. I don't believe the Ukrainian government is deliberately concentrating children into orphanages to KILL them. Terry's language choice was unnecessarily emotionally inflammatory. Buuuuut he has a couple of valid points hiding behind his language. I cannot write him off as a kook, crackpot, wack job, eccentric, half baked, crazy. Let's start with a basic definition so we are all on the same page. Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.0.1) Based on the… [more]