Ukraine is the second country in the world in number of children adopted by US citizens in 2019. Over the past year, Americans adopted 298 children from Ukraine. The American Embassy in Kyiv informs about it on its Twitter page.
So, last year Americans adopted 298 Ukrainian children. Of these, 54% were boys, 46% girls. Of all those adopted in the United States, 150 children were teenagers from 13 to 17 years old. Another 109 children who were adopted by American couples were between the ages of 5 and 12.
It is noted that most of these children were with special needs. Some were adopted together with brothers and sisters.
The leading country in the number of adoptions continues to be China, from where Americans adopted 819 children.
Among the neighboring countries, US citizens adopted 6 children from Poland, 5 children from Romania, 30 children from Hungary.
In recent years, the number of children adopted from Ukraine has been declining.
By comparison, in 2014, Americans adopted 521 children, with the largest surge in US adoption in the early 2000s. For example, in 2001, Americans adopted 1,240 children from Ukraine.
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is concerned about the possibility of the emergence of a ‘lost generation’ of children due to the long-term influence of the pandemic on their education, nutrition, and general welfare.
“While children can get sick and can spread the disease, this is just the tip of the pandemic iceberg. Disruptions to key services and soaring poverty rates pose the biggest threat to children. The longer the crisis persists, the deeper its impact on children’s education, health, nutrition, and well-being. The future of an entire generation is at risk,” UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore stated.