Orphanages are being massively closed in Kazakhstan. And the reason is that there are more people who want to become foster parents in the country than orphans. Only in Karaganda region five such institutions have been closed in the past few years. Now orphanages in the region are still home to little more than one thousand children.

 

Alma KANTARBAEVA, HEAD OF DEPARTMENT OF PROTECTION OF CHILDREN, CUSTODY AND GUARDIANSHIP, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT OF KARAGANDA REGION:

 

For instance, four years ago there were about 600 children, who remained homeless, without care, but today there are 180 orphans.

 

Three orphanages were closed in East Kazakhstan region. In total, over the past six years, 11 such institutions, including boarding schools and shelters for minors ceased their work. At the present time, about 2,000 Kazakh families are waiting to their turn to adopt children. Experts believe, there will be even more people wishing to become foster parents. After all, the adoption procedure is being simplified for them, and new forms of family structure are being introduced, in particular, there are host families.

 

Gulmira KULSARIEVA, CHIEF EXPERT OF COMMITTEE ON PROTECTION OF CHILDREN’S RIGHTS:

 

If in the foster family, only one parent is paid wages, then in host families payment will be made to both parents. This will range at about 35,000 to 60,000 tenge for each parent.

 

Natalya Ligay adopted a child from an orphanage more than two years ago. Today the woman together with other mothers, who have been through the path of adoption, willingly helps other people wishing to become parents.

 

Natalya LIGAY, FOSTER MOTHER:

 

To adopt a baby, first of all, a person’s heart must be pure, because nowadays people have tough hearts. It is necessary for people to have a pure heart, and to adopt a child and give him love, care, because they need it. Only such a person can fill such child with warmth.

 

Since the beginning of the year, more than 800 children are left in orphanages. As statistics show, a few years ago there were about 200 such institutions in the country, but today there are slightly more than 140 orphanages.

 

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