The ratification of the Hague Convention on the Rights of the Child is included in the agenda as one of the top priorities by the Ministry of Social Policy. This was stated by Deputy Minister of Social Policy for European Integration Serhii Nizhynsky in Geneva during a working visit to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and participation in the UN Social Forum.
According to the Deputy Minister, the Ukrainian Government has embarked on the development of appropriate recommendations to be finalized by December 1 and intensification of work in this area.
“Ratification of the Convention will disable the use of the financial schemes that currently exist. This is especially true of intermediaries - interpreters and authorized agents who actually carry out commercial mediation activities prohibited by law”, the Deputy Minister emphasized.
In addition, according to Serhii Nizhynsky, the Convention does not set the priority of interstate adoption but rather stipulates that it can only be implemented if the family for the child cannot be found in the country of origin.
“For about 7 years, Ukraine cannot ratify the Hague Convention on the Rights of the Child regarding adoption issues. This document minimizes the risks of criminal and commercial adoption cases”, said Serhii Nizhynsky.
At present, 98 countries are parties to the Convention, except for Ukraine, including the United States, Italy, Spain, France, Canada, Israel, which account for the largest share of Ukrainian children adopted by foreigners.