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About 800 of Moscow's orphaned or abandoned children were adopted by foster parents last year
About 800 of Moscow's orphaned or abandoned children were adopted by foster parents last year, including 386 by foreigners. Child's Rights Ombudsman Alexei Golovan cited the statistics as he spoke Monday at a session of the Moscow legislature's social policy committee. Only two disabled orphans were adopted in Moscow last year, one by a Russian national and the other by a foreigner, Golovan reported. The official believes this number to be disproportionately small for the city of 10 million. According to Golovan's statistics, about 6,700 orphaned children in Moscow are in institutional custody while 10,000 others live with foster families. The ombudsman proposes launching an official citywide campaign to promote child adoption. He believes that such a campaign could reduce Moscow's orphanage population by 30 to 50 percent. The proposal is presently under consideration in Moscow City Hall, Golovan said. He expressed hope that blueprints for the campaign would be presented at a City Hall session as early as July or August this year.
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