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Mobile adoption awareness centre appears in Moscow

October 20, 2013, 5:56 UTC+3
Nashi Deti sets the task to reduce the number of children in orphan asylums and to increase child adoptions by Russian parents
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MOSCOW, October 20 (Itar-Tass) - A mobile information centre to encourage would-be adopters appears in Moscow. Nashi Deti (Our Children), an interregional non-governmental child support organisation, hopes their number will grow soon embracing parks, shopping malls and crowded places in the Russian capital.

“One of our first actions took place near Baumanskaya metro station,” the project’s organiser, Yulia Zimova, told Itar-Tass on Saturday. “We speak about our mission brightly and with confidence, taking with us our life-size puppet named Vanechka, who in fact, turned into our brand. Moreover, attention of passers-by is drawn with a huge banner and a group of volunteers.”

It often seems difficult to people to adopt a child, even if they have such an intention, they immediately give up this idea, Yulia said, adding that the project’s goal was to tell would-be adopters about what difficulties and stereotypes they might face.

“Comic books help us to tell people about difficult things in a plain language,” she said. “Of course, a manual for potential adoptive parents is more useful. We hand it out for free to all those who are only taking this decision, but also leaving the information about themselves in our database,” Zimova said, adding that the result of their Saturday’s action was five would-be adoptive families in their database and 20 volunteers wishing to join their team.

“There are still a few of us - one place and five people in our team. We manage to go out just once or twice a week. We hope that soon we will be able to appear in two different places,” she said.

Nashi Deti sets the task to reduce the number of children in orphan asylums and to increase child adoptions by Russian parents.

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