Putin: Russian orphans should find families in home country

Russian President Vladimir Putin has insisted that Russian orphaned children must be adopted by Russian parents.

"We must do all we can so that orphaned children find their families in their home country, in Russia," Putin said at a Congress of Parents of Russia on Saturday.

The number of Russian citizens wishing to adopt orphaned children, including sick ones, is growing, and therefore it would be important to simplify the adoption procedures, grant tax breaks to adopters, increase the size of a lump-sum allowance paid to people adopting a child, and take other steps stimulating adoption, he said.

"All this should serve as real support to our citizens willing to take a child from an orphanage to their family," Putin said.

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