Reforming Child Welfare in the Post-Soviet Space

In 2010, a major child welfare reform was launched in Russia. The reform was based on the idea of every child’s right to grow up in a family. Thus it aimed at dismantling the massive system of children homes by promoting domestic adoptions, developing foster family system and creating support services for families. How did it go? The concluding volume of an Aleksanteri Institute based research project sheds light to many of the complicated questions.

A Child's Right to a Family: Deinstitutionalization of Child Welfare in Putin's Russia is an international and interdisciplinary research project led by Docent Meri Kulmala. The project found its form under the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Russian Studies: Choices of Russian Modernization, and received funding from the KONE foundation, Academy of Finland and University of Helsinki.

The five year project is now coming to an end, with a concluding volume being published in the series "Routledge Advances in Social Work" and an online discussion event streamed live from the University of Helsinki Think Corner on Tuesday, 17th November.

The authors of the volume point out how the reform links to the global child’s rights and the deinstitutionalization trend in child welfare. The eleven chapters of the book provide new and empirically grounded research-based knowledge and insights into the current transformation of the Russian child welfare system.

Read more about the concluding volume on the publishers site.
Learn more about the project on the project site.