"The support of the family, motherhood, and childhood has been and remains among the unconditional state priorities," says the Russian President. Parents with many children "have chosen for themselves a happy, grateful, but very difficult and responsible path that is full of inconvenience and suffering, demanding colossal devotion"
"Support for the family has been and remains one of the unconditional state priorities." This was stated by Russian President Vladimir Putin at the awards ceremony for the Order of Parental Glory.
"We need to increase the birth rate," Putin said. He noted that this is "a reflection and continuation of the changes taking place in our country."
The President added that a parent who dreams of a large family needs confidence that their children will be able to access quality education, health care, and housing. "We consistently work in all these areas, and we will continue to do this," the head of state assured.
He recalled that, in particular, the maternity capital program was extended. Since the beginning of 2018, mortgages have been subsidized for families in which second and third children were born. "I expect that the program to increase the availability of nurseries, which we are launching after a similar project for kindergartens, will also bring people the necessary results. . . . Active work on these areas will continue," Putin said.
The President stressed that parents with many children "have chosen for themselves a happy, grateful, but very difficult and responsible path that is full of inconvenience and suffering, demanding colossal devotion, patience, strength, and of course constant work on themselves."
"To give the child the values of goodness, justice, and diligence, words alone are not enough. . . . It is necessary for parents to prove their fidelity day by day with their personal examples — only in this way it is possible to raise a truly complete person, a worthy citizen of Russia," the President said.
At the end of the ceremony, Putin acknowledged that — despite the fact that the state is taking a number of measures to support families, including those with many children — these decisions are still not enough. "We will try to do everything to support such families, as the state continues to pay constant attention to this; I want to assure you of this. We know that we have not done all we could do. We will work on it," the head of state assured.