Venerdì, 19 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Italy ranks 2nd for adoptions after U.S., says minister

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Rome, December 12 - Italy has adopted more children
than any other country except for the United States, taking in a
total of 140,000 abandoned children, an Italian minister
announced at a conference in Rome on Wednesday.
In recent decades, Italy has truncated the ranks of its
institutionalized abandoned children, from 310,000 living in
orphanages in the 1960's to 20,000-30,000 children sheltered in
foster-homes today, reported Italian Minister for Cooperation
and Integration Andrea Riccardi at the National Association of
Adoptive and Foster Families (ANFAA) conference in Rome.
"The culture of children's rights has changed a great deal
in Italy," Riccardi said, "Adopted minors have demonstrated that
roots are not in the DNA but in the relationships that tie
children to their parents."
Riccardi also called for financial and other forms of
support to be given to parents who adopt children with special
needs.
ANFAA reported that every "adoptable" minor in Italy today,
there are 10 couples available to become their parents. Yet the
number of candidate couples is on the decline, falling from over
17,000 in 2006 to 11,075 in 2010, the organization noted.
In addition, the number of couples deemed suitable to adopt
has fallen by 30% in the same period, from 6,237 in 2006 to
4,345 in 2010.
In 2010, a total of 1,177 minors were up for adoption in
Italy, the organization added.

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