Russia passes information on Kazakhstan-born children at Ranch for Kids 17 июля 2013, 17:48
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Russian Children's Rights Envoy Pavel Astakhov has passed information about Kazakhstan-born children at Ranch for Kids in the United States to Kazakhstan Justice Minister Berik Imashev , Tengrinews.kz reports.
“While making checks and monitorings in the framework of our cooperation with the United States, we discovered two children who were introduced as Kazakhstan-born in the lists of children at the notorious Ranch for Kids. I am ready to pass full information about these kids. I think that it has to be considered, especially that a week ago I went to the U.S. Department of State. We raised this issue once again. It has been found that this organization that specialized in educating and raising children and is accountable for their healthcare, has no special permits or license to do the work it has been doing,” Astakhov said at the meeting with Imashev in Astana.
U.S. regional prosecutors have filed a lawsuit against the Ranch for Kids, he added.
“The issue remains open. This organization has existed for the last 15 years. It was religious in the beginning, then it was social, then religious again. It is now social again, with unclear format and competencies, yet it raises children. The organization is no longer cooperating with us and the managers of this ranch are not providing us any information.
"I am giving you everything we managed to get during my last visit there last year. Here is a summary to the letter and it clearly states: 2 children from Kazakhstan. According to this information, one of them is still at the ranch and the other one was discharged from the ranch into a psychiatric clinic. There is no information on which clinic it was exactly or the reasons behind the transfer. I think this should be given a special notice,” he said.
Earlier Kazakhstan Ministry of Education and Science filed a request to U.S. authorities inquiring about the children kept at the ranch. No reply was received and Kazakhstan suspended adoption practices with the U.S. until the information would be provided.
By Renat Tashkinbayev