In Putin’s Russia, a conservative protection of the family has served as a key task for the state policies. Yet, a closer scrutiny shows that Russian family policy has been unquestionably focused on the young families and their potential children, whereas despite the massive system of children’s homes and the government’s tight grip to replace children of “problem families” into those institutions, child welfare and foster care have been largely marginalized in Russian social and family policy – until recently.
Russia is now undergoing a major reform that builds on the idea of every child’s right to grow up in a family. The goal is to dismantle children’s homes by developing a foster family system and support services for families to prevent "social orphanhood".
This particular research tackles the new area of family policy at its critical point of development by scrutinizing new national programs of child welfare and examining their implementation in practice.