Ukraine is located in Eastern Europe. The country regained its independence in 1991, following the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Ukraine has been at war with Russia in since 2014. In February 2022, the conflict saw a major escalation as Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Ukraine suffers from a high poverty rate as well as severe corruption. However, because of its extensive fertile farmlands, Ukraine is one of the largest grain exporters in the world. 

Country profile: Ukraine 

Total population: 43 million
Total children under the age of 18: 9 million

The situation of children in Ukraine

Children outside of Parental Care: Before the war in 2022 there were 106,000 children living in boarding schools of various types, of which 6,324 children had the status of orphan and could be adopted. Another 64,996 orphans were under guardianship or being raised in family settings.

Deinstitutionalization Reform
The reform of the system of institutional care and upbringing of children started in Ukraine in 2016. The deinstitutionalization reform focused on supporting the family to prevent hardships or conditions that would force parents to send their children to boarding school. The essence of the reform is creating such conditions and services for families and children in the communities that are necessary and sufficient for the child to be raised in a family. The main goal of the reform in Ukraine is to change the system of institutional care and upbringing of children to a system that provides care and upbringing of the child in a family or family-type environment.

Ukraine Without Orphans
Ukraine Without Orphan's vision is to see Ukraine as a country without orphans because a conscious, responsible, mobilised Christian community changes the life of every orphan child, ensuring the formation and development of children in families in conditions of safety and well-being. Ukraine Without Orphan's mission is to unite the efforts of caring people, organizations, and churches that work with a common goal - to reach all orphans with real care, give every child an opportunity to grow up in a loving family, and prevent orphanhood in Ukraine.

Ukraine Without Orphans webpage

Other Information about Orphaned and Vulnerable Children and Family Care in Ukraine

Better Care Network Information on Family-Based Care in Ukraine
More information for prayer at Operation World