We made a stop at the home for Abandoned Babies in Borisov. Currently there are approximately 114 babies from age 0-3 years old living in this orphanage. We have provided assistance to them in the past in the way of clothes, shoes and underwear. It is apparent that the staff take great care in their work and have a sincere love for these children. The hard work the director and other ladies do for these babies is to be commended. We will continue to provide assistance where we are able.
During our visit we were able to spend some time playing with a few of the children before lunch. The children were excited to have visitors, especially the men because the children are cared for primarily by women and rarely see men. It was reported that there had been 52 adoptions from this orphanage in the last year.
That was good news to hear as adoption is not widely practiced in Belarus.
Once a child turns four years old they move to another orphanage if they have not been adopted. A child who is not adopted or taken by a relative, will continue to grow up in this system moving on from orphanage to orphanage according to their age level until they are released into society usually around age 17 often unprepared for their future.