5 million Russian mothers raise kids aloneAccording to Russia’s children’s rights ambassador Anna Kuznetsova, there are 17 million households with minors in the country. About 30% of them are single mothers raising kids alone.

5 million Russian mothers raise children alone

Anna Kuznetsova referred to the official statistical data on situation in Russian households, Ria.ru reported.

  • There are 11.6 million married couples with children in the country.
  • Families with single fathers amount to 648,000.
  • About 5 million mothers bring up kids alone.
  • 237 thousand young citizens are under unpaid guardianship (by family members other than parents).
  • 115,000 minors have been adopted out from the care of state.
  • About 60,000 youngsters live in orphanages.

In total, 500,000 minors in Russia either have no parents or were removed from families. 148 thousand of them live in foster families.

Traditionally, Russian courts give custody to one parent. Russian mothers and judges still believe kids should stay with the woman. However, every 9th single parent household today belongs to a male.


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I should say it is not so bad. The situations can be very different. It is wonderful that people have children, love them, take care of them. And the families can be also very different. Love, money and education are the most important things for children.


It is a pity that in the modern world not every child has the opportunity to be in a family where there is both mother and father. Nevertheless, if the child is brought up only by the mother, she will try to do everything that the child will be all right.