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MOSCOW, December 15. /TASS/. The number of Russians willing to adopt children has grown almost twofold in three years, children’s ombudsman Pavel Astakhov said on Tuesday.
"In 2011 some 12,000 married couples were planning to adopt children, while in 2014 the figure was over 24,000," Astakhov told a TASS news conference, adding that each Russian region now had schools for adoptive parents.
More Russians are adopting disabled children, while "the number of foreign adoptions has fallen fourfold" since 2010.
Astakhov said the number of children living at orphanages had fallen from 125,000 in 2009 to 58,600 in 2015, while the number of orphanages had been reduced by 30% in five years.