Milchakova, Olga Nikolaevna – main specialist of the Department of organization and control over performance of local affairs and delegated government authorities on social issues of the Khabarovsk City Administration.
The paper considers acute issues of basic socialization, socio-psychological rehabilitation and successful integration of orphans and abandoned children into society in substitute families. The author studies the issues of cross-cultural communication between children’s home inmates and children brought up in families. The author gives a sociological portrait of foster/adoptive parents and considers possible ways of transition to professional substitute families in the socio-educational space of the Khabarovsk Kray.
Key words: professional substitute family, substitute family, family forms of living for orphans and abandoned children, socialization, orphanhood, subculture of the children’s homes inmates, professional training of substitute families, services of development of family forms of living for orphans and abandoned children, sociological portrait of substitute family in the Khabarovsk Kray.