INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT the slavic peoples
- The Slavs are an Indo-European ethno-linguistic group living in Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Southeast Europe, North Asia and Central Asia, who speak a Slavic language. They may share cultural traits and history. Slavs and catagorized into East Slavic (Russians, Belarusians, Ukrainians), West Slavic (Poles, Czechs, Slovaks), and South Slavic (Bosniaks, Serbs, Croats, Bulgarians, Macedonians, Montenegrins, Slovenes). However, many of these cultures reject the notion of being Slavic.
- History. Little is known about the origin of the Slavs. In about 2000 BCE the Slavs may have come from western Asia to the area of Poland, the Carpathian Mountains and/or Belarus. In the early 6th century CE the Slavs lived in Southeastern, Central and Eastern Europe; they had split linguistically. Slavic groups were also found among the Vikings in Scandinavia, among mercenaries fighting for the Byzantines and Arabs, in Asia Minor and Syria.
- East Slavs. Formerly the main population of the medieval state of Kievan Rus, the theory is that they evolved into the Russian, Ukrainian, Rusyn, and Belarusian peoples. Little is known about the Eastern Slavs prior to approximately 859 AD because of the absence of a written language and the remoteness of East Slavic lands. The East Slavs settled along the Dnepr River, in the forest and steppe regions of what is now Ukraine and southern Belarus. Next they spread northward to the northern Volga River valley, east of Moscow. They also went west to the northern Dnestr and the western Bug rivers in Moldavia and southern Ukraine. Later, East Slavs colonized Siberia and Central Asia. The East Slavs farmed, raised animals, made cloth and ceramics, and built fortified settlements, many of which later developed into important cities. Among such early settlements was Kiev.
- West Slavs. Westward migration of the early West Slavic tribes followed the collapse of the Roman Empire. The East Slavs and most South Slavs were influenced by the Byzantine Empire and converted to Orthodox Christianity. The West Slavs and the western South Slavs (Slovenes and Croats) converted to Roman Catholicism. About 20 tribes formed small states between 800 and 960 AD. One of these tribes, the Polanie People of the Plain, settled in the area of Poland. Over time the Poles settled to the east of the Germanic regions, the Czechs and Slovaks to the south.
South Slavs. This is the most hotly debated of the Slavic categories. The South Slavs live in the Balkan Peninsula, southern Pannonian Plain and eastern Alps. They include the Bosniaks, Bulgarians, Croats, Macedonians, Montenegrins, Serbs, and Slovenes. The country of Yugoslavia merged most of the South Slavic nations into a single state. The name was created by the combination of the Slavic words "jug" (south) and "sloveni" (Slavs).
Etymology. The name Slav is from "Slověninъ" (Sloveninu) meaning a Slav. Commonly believed to be related to the word "slovo" meaning word or speech. In other words "people who speak the same language", in contrast to the Slavic word "němci" meaning foreign or mumbling, murmuring people.
- Slavs are Europe's largest ethnic and linguistic group. The current estimated population of Slavs in America is over 20 million.
- As a whole, the Slavic people became absorbed into the cultures that became more firmly established in the Middle Ages.
- Religion. The Slavs embraced Christianity very early, around the 6th century. Most of these people who are still residing in Europe and who are Christians are either Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox or Uniate. A few Slavs, like the Pomaks in Bulgaria, are Muslim.
STATISTICS FOR the slavic PEOPLE
ADOPTION FACTS ABOUT slavic children in eastern europe and central asia
We strongly urge you to comply with the requirements established by the various governments and complete all post-adoption requirements in a timely manner. Your adoption agency may be able to help you with this process and/or provide you with more specific guidelines.
If your agency is unable to help you with this, or no longer has an active program, the Joint Council on International Services suggests that families in this situation contact them for guidance.
In Fall 2006, the following advice was obtained by Karen's Adopiton Links for all families who needed to file their own Post Placement Reports:
- Use a Licensed Social Worker to do the Post Placement Report
- Translate report with a Certified Translator.
- Get the Post Placement Report apostilled.
- Include 5 pictures
- Suggested Sample form
- Send directly by DHL or FedEx to the Minister of Education in the country or region of adoption.
Resources below are presented for information purposes only. Unless noted specifically as a FRUA INC group, FRUA INC does not endorse, nor have any connection with the following.
Karen's Adoption Links
InterCountry Adoption Service Provider Search
Pre-Adoption Process & Paperwork
International Adoptive Medical Clinics & Physicians
PEAR (Parents for Ethical Adoption Reform)
Slav (Encyclopedia Britannica)
Slavic Peoples (Princeton)
Who Are Slavic People?
The Slavic Ethnogenesis
Child Welfare Gateway
North American Council on Adoptable Children
There are also other online parent support groups, lists and forums related to Inter-Country/Culture Adoption on Yahoo Groups, Facebook, the EEAC, Adoptive Familes, Adoption Services Support Groups, and Adoption.com