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k home 1,138 Ukrainian children in 1999, almost double the amount they adopted in 1998 and up from a scant 14 in 1996, the year the government lifted a ban on foreign adoptions.

While Ukraine’s growing popularity as a source of children is good news for child-seeking foreigners, many of whom face years-long wait lists to adopt in their home countries, it does not make Tamara Kurko particularly happy.

Kurko is the director of Ukraine’s National Adoption Center. For her, the rise in foreign adoptions is a mixed blessing, because it means there are fewer and fewer Ukrainian parents adopting.

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