Orphans in Ukraine

To enhance human rights in Ukraine, U.S.-Ukraine Foundation’s focus on orphans is intended to communicate the need to support and improve the lives of people in this important sector of society.   

Through an open exchange of information from corporate, government, educational and non-profit entities, as well as from private citizens, the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation wishes to inform as well as advocate for positive change affecting orphans and orphanages.

The U.S.-Ukraine Foundation encourages your participation and support – both financial and moral!  You may submit information, make a donation, or join our advisory council. Contact us at re: orphans.  

The information below serves as an informational resource which will grow over time.  We hope that you will find it of value. 

1) Comprehensive Lists of Orphanages in Ukraine

2) Ukrainian Humanitarian Organizations

3) U.S. Organizations Focusing on Ukrainian Orphanages/Adoption

4) European and Canadian Organizations

5) Global Organizations With Projects In Ukraine

6) Religious Orphanages

7) Articles, Books, and Videos

8) Media on Orphanages and Foundations in Ukraine

  • “A Great Tragedy” (film about Orphanages in Ukraine, press release)
  • Every Child Ukraine
  • Street Children in Ukraine
  • World News “Ukraine Orphans”
  • Назустріч мрії (Ukrainian art/talent festival for orphans)

9) Special U.S.-Ukraine Foundation Features

  • Ukraine Orphans Advisory Council
  • Amanda Thorstad Named Coordinator for Orphans in Ukraine
  • Forgotten Victims Series


September 4, 2009, Washington, DC

Ms. Trushkina, a Muskie fellow from Ukraine, recently earned her Master Degree in Public Policy and Management from the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine.
She is a member of the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation’s Ukraine Orphanage Advisory Council.
Watch the video in Ukrainian:


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A presentation at the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation
July 9, 2009


Ukrainian Orphans’ Plight: Education in “Internaty” and Its Implications
Presented by: Alla Korzh, who holds a Master’s Degree in Instructional Leadership from the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Education, and is presently working towards an Ed.D. in International Educational Development at Teachers College, Columbia University

A Social Safety Net For Orphans in Ukraine – Orphans’ Aid Society for Ukraine
Presented by George Nesterczuk, Board Member of OAS

Introduction by John A. Kun, VP – U.S.-Ukraine Foundation

PowerPoint Presentation 

A Case Study of the Ukrainian Orphanage System: Myths and Reality
By Darya Trushkina, USUF Extern
August 26, 2009