Bishop Panteleimon of Verey, the head of the Synodal Department for Charity of the Russian Orthodox Church, emphasized the Church's significant role in this field during the All-Russian meeting of heads of guardianship and custodianship authorities. He pointed out that Patriarch Kirill consistently underscores the family as the top priority for a child, emphasizing that no other institutions can replace the family.
Bishop Panteleimon detailed the Church's efforts, stating that it provides not only spiritual support to families in crisis with children but also implements special aid projects. Currently, there are 83 church shelters and crisis centers for mothers with children, 263 church humanitarian centers, and rehabilitation centers in Russia where mothers can undergo treatment without parting from their children.
Highlighting a temporary nature for placing a child in a church shelter or family placement center, the Bishop stressed that the Church aims to support families and provide assistance in various aspects of their lives.
Maria Lvova-Belova, the Presidential Commissioner for the Rights of the Child in Russia, underscored the importance of interdepartmental cooperation in family assistance. She emphasized the need to start with working with the family rather than resorting to child removal. Lvova-Belova expressed support for the strategic program "Children in Families," directed at preventing social orphanhood.
The Russian Orthodox Church actively participates in social service for the family placement of orphaned children. The Center for Family Placement of Children and Church Custody, established under the Synodal Department for Charity, coordinates the work of church institutions, conducts educational seminars, and supports numerous projects to aid children.