Pavel Astakhov’s working visit to Penza region continues
Penza, 15 July 2015. PenzaNews. Pavel Astakhov, Children’s Rights Commissioner for the President of Russia is visiting the Penza region on Wednesday, July 15. After seeing the children’s wing of infectious diseases department of the regional dedicated clinical medical assistance center, he procceded further to the regional rehabilitation center for children with disabilities.
The children’s ombudsman is making the timeline of his visit available to his Instagram subscribers, providing additional statistical information with every photo.
In particular, he notes that the Penza region has less orphanages in 2015 (14) than in 2012 (16).
Among those currently open is a single child care center, with 59 residents at the moment compared to 82 in 2012; one foster home with 64 children, compared to 108 in 2012; two boarding schools with 558 students in total; as well as eight boarding schools for children with disabilities and two boarding homes for children with inborn disabilities, that serve as a refuge for 119 of them.
Pavel Astakhov also notes that the numbers of children with no parents in the Penza region is steadily decreasing – from 4,458 in 2012 down to 3,026 in 2014.
“There are only 148 children in foster care homes (287 in 2012). We found 280 children with no parents in 2014, and 296 found new families. Moreover, there were 4 decisions to return children back to their families and restore the rights of their parents,” he writes.
One of the photos made by the children’s ombudsman is very symbolic.
“This is the third Nastya today. As I told you, I always meet girls named Anastasiya in every children’s institution. Elizavetas are frequent, too,” he writes.