They have been 273 the international adoptions realized in Italy in the first six months of 2022. A number that records a slight increase compared to 245 adoptions in the first 6 months of 2021 (for an annual total of 563) and against the 220 of the same period of 2020 (526 in the year). The numbers of 2019 were much higher when, before the pandemic, international adoptions had been 458 in just 6 months.
Colombia (46), India (34), Hungary (30), Vietnam (28), the Russian Federation (26) and Ukraine (21) are the countries of greatest origin.
The numbers, published by Commission for intercountry adoptions (Cai) “Confirm a general critical situation influenced by various factors: by effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, the impact of the war conflict in Ukraine, the suspension and / or closure of adoptions in some countries and the growing number of children with ‘special needs’ characteristics reported by foreign authorities, that is children over the age of 7, numerous siblings, children with health problems of various entities or with traumatic experiences such as mistreatment and abuse, for which an equal number of couples ready to welcome them does not correspond “, explains Daniela Russo, Ciai and Ciaipe adoptions manager.
Currently I am 2,675 Italian families who have an international adoption procedure underway at an authorized body. “There are countries that also see hundreds of Italian couples waiting in the face of a few dozen adoptions made – continues Russo – and we can say with reasonable certainty that the time for the implementation of the adoption project has been significantly extended for everyone”.
Looking at the numbers of pending adoption procedures, it appears that as of 30 June 2022 there are 368 in India, 318 in Colombia, 205 in Belarus, 216 in the Russian Federation, 138 in Vietnam, 121 in Bulgaria and 112 in China. to name the countries with the largest numbers. In Ukraine, where the war is underway, there are 95 pending procedures.
NOT ONLY NUMBERS BUT SYNERGIC ACTIONS
“It is a worrying picture that raises great questions and places us in front of important challenges“, Remarks Russo again.
“The relaunch of the adoption system cannot only be aimed at increasing numbers, but we believe it must be understood above all as the willingness to invest in this field through synergistic actions between all the institutional actors involved– concludes the CIAI and CIAIPE adoptions manager – intensifying relations with foreign countries and strengthening the skills of those who work alongside minors and families so that adoptions can be made in which parents and children can be happy “.
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