The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine at its regular sitting on August 26 approved draft laws concerning Ukraine's accession to the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (hereinafter-Convention).
According to Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, the discussion on the need to adopt the Convention has been going on for a long time, and this issue was still bogged down. For Ukraine, it is first and foremost the protection of children's rights to a full life in the family circle.
"Our priority is to ensure a decent life in the family circle in our country. But if for one reason or another this does not happen, then there should be a civilized opportunity for citizens of other states parties to the Convention to adopt our children, "the Head of Government stressed.
The Prime Minister made an emphasis that the adoption of the Convention will facilitate the establishment of interstate communication between the parties to the Convention, so that in case of violation of children's rights abroad, Ukraine can protect them and bring kids home.
"Moreover, through instruments of additional amendments to the laws, we propose to strengthen administrative and criminal liability for violating the procedure for the adoption of children deprived of parental care. Some dishonest companies are engaged in various gray schemes concerning adoption of children as it has been the case in previous years, this practice should be eradicated. Adoption of this package of laws will make such things impossible, "Denys Shmyhal said.
The Head of Government stressed: "Children have the right to be brought up in a safe environment where they are loved, valued and cared for."