Orphan-caring body to be created in Moscow

A new department in charge of overcoming the problem of orphans in Moscow will be created in the Moscow social security department in the nearest future, Leonid Pechatnikov, deputy mayor of Moscow, told Interfax on Monday.

"The problem of orphans is a big social problem. We are creating a separate department to work on it," Pechatnikov said. Pechatnikov confirmed to Inferfax that Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin has signed two government decrees on the transfer 53 state-run public sector establishments from the department on family and youth policy to the Moscow social security department.

These establishments are children's homes for orphans, social shelters for children and teenagers, the Moscow service for psychological assistance to the population, the Moscow center for the prevention of children's negligence, alcoholism, drug abuse, and AIDS among children called Deti Ulits (Street Children), and the center for social assistance to families and children.

Pechatnikov said the department which will be created in the Moscow social security department may be reorganized into a committee or a department. "We are behind on adoption," Pechatnikov said.

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