Ukraine has the highest rate of child abandonment in Europe. In 2021 alone, over 4,500 children were abandoned in orphanages across the country. The problem is especially acute in Odessa where over half of all children in state care are left without parents.
Odessa is a big Ukrainian port city located on the Black Sea coast. The population of this city is 1 million inhabitants. There are several orphanages in Odessa. These orphanages provide shelter for children whose parents died or abandoned them. They also take care of orphans with special needs.
There are currently more than 100,000 orphans living in Ukraine. Many of them live in institutions where they receive no love or attention from their caregivers. This leads to severe psychological problems and emotional trauma.
The Ukrainian government is trying hard to improve the situation but it is a difficult task. They have tried many different ways to help these children including giving them more freedom, better education and creating special programs for them.
Unfortunately, there are still some orphanages that do not follow the rules and continue to abuse the children who live in their facilities. These children suffer greatly because of this.
As an example of this, the scandal that occurred recently in the Ananyevsky orphanage. During the inspection, it was noted that there was an insufficient amount of furniture, namely cabinets for clothes and personal belongings. Most of the furniture needs to be repaired and replaced. The air in the corridors of the dormitories is stale, in one of the dormitories the toilets and showers do not work due to the lack of water and due to the fact that the heaters are not connected to the power grid.
According to the director of the institution, once a week the pupils visit the bathhouse, which is located on the territory, but the premises of the bathhouse do not meet any standards - there is no heating, no cabins and curtains, which ensure the right to privacy.
Cooking in the food room is carried out with gross violations of sanitary and hygiene standards. In particular, there is only one table, which is used for cutting meat and fish. There is no hand-washing sink and tubs for washing food.
The monitoring group noted that the living conditions of the inmates in the institution are terrible.
Of course, the situation in orphanages is not the same everywhere. In the regional center of Odessa orphanages are given a lot of attention, it is understandable when the city authorities are nearby and can respond to the needs and other situations that occur in orphanages.
This cannot be said about regional orphanages, which are located up to 300 km from Odessa and cannot boast of a high level of social support. These orphanages are often in a deplorable condition, where there is no hot water, heating and elementary sanitary norms are not met.
At the same time, the orphanage "Perlinka" located in the city of Odessa, equipped with modern communications, it is warm and cozy. Children receive everything they need for a normal life. City authorities take care of orphans in Odessa
When you want to visit an Ukrainian orphanage in Odessa, you need to contact the Childrens Affairs Department. Once approved, you will be able to visit a specific orphanage and you will be given all the information about the children.
The Department also helps children find permanent homes through adoption or foster care. In addition, they offer support groups for parents and caregivers who are struggling to cope with the challenges of raising a child.
Can you adopt an orphan child? Yes, you can adopt an orphan child in Odessa. You need to go through many steps to adopt an orphan in Ukraine. After that you can meet the child and decide if you want to adopt or not.
Learn more about the steps to adoption in Ukraine.
There are two types of orphanages in Ukraine: state run and private. State run orphanages are funded by the government and are usually located in big cities. Private orphanages are privately owned and are typically found in smaller towns or villages. You can find information and location orphanages in Odessa region on this table
|Name Of The Institution||Address||Telephone|
|Ananiev Children'S Boarding House (for Boys)||Street Gorkogo, 1 M. Ananiev||(04863) 2-20-03|
|Perlinka Children'S House||Prov. Monostirskiy 3 M. Odessa||(048) 784-26-17 (fax), 784-26-18|
|Izmail Specialized Children'S House||Street Green, 107 M. Ismail||(04841) 7-12-25 (fax), 7-12-24|
|Izmail District Shelter For Children "nest"||Street Pushkina, 26 Izmail District Of Suvorovo||(04841) 4-419-90 (fax), 4-41-93|
|Kz "regional Shelter For Children" Svitanok "||Street V.stusa, 2 B M. Odessa||(048) 731-62-11 (fax), 731-62-10|
|Odessa City Council “center Of Social And Psychological Rehabilitation Of Children”||Street Heroes Of Krut, 12 A Odessa||(048) 566-58-99 (fax), 766-00-62, 766-87-87|
|Kodymsky District Shelter For Children "buslyk"||Street Sadova, 3 M. Kodima||(04867) 2-69-41 (fax), 2-11-39|
|Rozdilnyan District Shelter For Children "warm House"||Street European, 1 M. Rozdilnya||(04853) 3-23-58 (fax), (096) 816-78-03|
|Tarutyn Shelter “center Of Social And Psychological Rehabilitation Of Children Of The Service For Children” Of The District State Administrator||Street Sports, 1-A Smt Tarutine||(04847) 3-16-75 (fax)|
|Andriyev-Ivanivsky Boarding School Of I-Ii Degrees For Orphans And Children Deprived Of Parental Care||Street Central, 49 Mykolaiv District Andriyevo-Ivanivka||(04857) 2-66-09 (fax), 2-66-03|
|Bolgrade Special Boarding School Of I-Iii Degrees For Deaf Children||Street Malevinsky, 187 M. Bolgrad||(04846) 4-32-23 (fax), 4-31-19|
|October Boarding School Of I-Ii Degrees||Street Central, 23 Shiryaev District S. Zhovten||(04858) 2-61-18, 2-63-54, 2-62-63 (fax)|
|Kz "Ananyiv Boarding School Of I-Iii Degrees"||Street Anosova, 44 M. Ananiev||(04863) 2-18-70, 2-14-30, 2-28-81 (fax)|
|Kz "Baltic Special Boarding School №1"||Street Shevchenka, 16 M. Balta Ukraine||(04866) 2-12-51 (fax), 2-26-59, 2-12-60|
|Kz "Cilius Special Boarding School For Orphans And Children Deprived Of Parental Care Of Children With Disabilities Of Mind"||Street Chelyuskina, 10 M. Cell Ukraine||(074843) 4-20-73 (fax), 4-30-66, 4-25-62|
|Kz "Odessa Special Boarding School Of I-Ii Degrees №88 For Children With Deprivation Of Mental Development"||Pr-T Svobodi, 97 M. Odessa Ukraine||(0482) 36-05-19 (fax), (048) 741-71-95|
|Odessa Sanatorium Boarding School Of I-Ii Degrees №6 For Children With Scoliosis||Street Yasinovsky, 3-A M. Odessa Ukraine||(048) 235-84-96|
|Pishchan Special Boarding School For Orphans And Children Deprived Of Parental Care With Disabilities||Street Forests Of Ukrainian Woman, 2-A Baltic District S. Pishchane Ukraine||(04866) 2-57-45, 2-57-46, 2-57-33|
|Chornyan Special Boarding School Of I-Ii Degrees||Zelena Street, 83 S. Chorna Oknyansk District Ukraine||(066) 847-18-17|
|KZ "The Kiliysky Special Boarding School for Orphans and Children Deprived of Parental Care with Intellectual Developmental Disabilities||Chelyuskina Street, 10 Kilia, Odessa 68300 Ukraine||(04843)4-20-73(Fax), 4-30-66, 4-25-62|
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