Ukraine experienced several decades of rapid population growth between 1950 and 1990 when its population was at its highest of 51.46 million people. Since the 1990s, Ukraine’s population has been declining due to high emigration rates, low birth rates, and high death rates. Ukraine’s birth rate is 9.2 births per 1,000 people, which has decreased over 2% every year the past several years, and its death rate is 15.193 deaths per 1,000 people. Many people leave the country because Ukraine is the second-poorest in Europe, is in conflict with Russia to its east, and is beset by corruption. Despite all of these challenges and the flight of many seeking security and opportunity, the citizens of Ukraine are a proud people, resilient and committed to building a free and prosperous country.
Frontier Horizon has been serving the orphaned and vulnerable children of Ukraine since the year 2000. In fact, Frontier Horizon was responsible for establishing the first international hosting program in the country. This door of opportunity opened by FH two decades ago has paved the way for a flood of support and advocacy to pour into the country. Hundreds of Ukrainian children, with very little hope for a fruitful future, have been hosted by families in the US and Canada. Many of these children have gone on to be pursued for adoption. Many others have established long-term relationships with their host families that have provided a host of opportunities for a bright future.