About orphanhood in Ukraine

There are 70,491 orphans and children deprived of parental care who are officially registered (as of December 31, 2018, according to the Ministry of Social Policy). Among these there are 22,126 orphaned children (31%) and 48,365 children who are deprived of parental care (69%).

90,000 children who are living in boarding schools are social orphans – that means they are children who have biological parents but cannot live with them for certain reasons (according to the Presidential Commissioner for Children’s Rights in Ukraine Mykola Kuleba).

8,000 new orphans and children without parental care appear in Ukraine every year. The main reasons: parents in difficult financial circumstances, alcohol and drug usage, child abuse.

64,709 children are being raised in the family formats of education – (under guardianship – 50,766, in foster families and family-type orphanages – 13,943). More than 4,5 thousand children are raised in public institutions of various types.

In boarding schools, more than 30% of children (aged 4 to 18) have special educational needs.

Only 10-20% of children who graduate from the orphanage become successful in life.