Ukraine is a former Soviet Union country located in Eastern Europe and is bordered by Russia, Belarus, Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary. From the ornate Orthodox churches of Kiev to the bright shores lining the Crimea Sea, Ukraine is a country rich in history and culture. Set in between Western and Eastern Europe, Ukraine’s ancient castles, rugged mountains, and gleaming coastline attracts many tourists to the country.
Kiev, called “the mother of Slavic cities,” is the capital of the Ukraine. It’s the country’s largest city, with about three million people. Situated on the Black River, it remains Ukraine’s cultural and industrial center.
Besides Ukrainian, Russian is also widely spoken. You will find more people who understand and speak English in the bigger cities like Kiev.
It is a very popular country for international adoption. In 2011, 640 adoptions were completed. Adoption in Ukraine is facilitated under the State Department for Adoptions and Protection of Rights of the Child (SDAPRC). Ukraine is not party to the Hague convention.
Ukraine is a wonderful country to consider adoption from! There are many children available, you are able to meet your child before making a decision to adopt, and only one trip to Ukraine is required.
Children of All Nations’ expert facilitator has a wonderful relationship with SDAPRC and is very experienced in the adoption process of Ukraine. This special relationship allows CAN to offer families excellent service, in every step of the adoption process.
If you would like more information about our Ukraine program, call our adoption consultants today at 1.877.827.5226 or send us an email!
Children available for adoption from Ukraine are generally 5 years old and older. Sibling groups are also available for adoption. The typical referral age of a child is 5 years or older. The age range for children with special needs, relative and sibling groups, may be younger than 5 years. Ukrainian children are generally Caucasian, of European decent. Some children are of Roma, or Gypsy, heritage. Some of the children are healthy while others have special needs that range from minor to severe.
Ukrainian children are available for adoption due to a number of reasons such as poor economic situations, domestic violence, or neglectful parents. Parents state their gender preference and are able to adopt a child of their preferred age and health condition.
If you would like more information, please give us a call today at 1.877.827.5226 or send us an email.
In addition to the USCIS eligibility requirements for prospective adoptive parent(s), Ukraine has the following adoption eligibility requirements. If you feel you are not eligible to adopt from Ukraine, or you are unsure, please contact us for a free case-by-case consultation regarding your Ukraine adoption.
Ukraine adoption eligibility requirements are subject to change per Ukraine’s adoption laws. CAN updates these guidelines as necessary.
If you would like more information about our program, call us today at 1.877.827.5226 or email us.
The time frame to complete international adoption from Ukraine is currently about 12 to 15 months. The total adoption process time can vary depending on the time families take to complete their dossier paperwork, their preferences for age and gender, and country processes. This timeframe is subject to change; please consult CAN for the most current processing times for your adoption from Ukraine.
1. Application and Approval
To adopt a child, please complete our agency application. For your convenience, you may access the application online. We will promptly review your eligibility to adopt from Ukraine once we receive your application. If approved, we will provide you with our agency contract that outlines our fees, services and important information regarding the Ukraine adoption process. Upon receipt of your signed contract, CAN will start to provide you with placement services for children from Ukraine.
2. The Paper Chase
Once your agency contract is in place, it is time to start assembling your dossier. This will include a home study, which will assess your readiness for international adoption from Ukraine and help prepare you for adoptive parenthood, filing with USCIS for international adoption approval, and gathering your necessary dossier documents. All dossier documents must go through the appropriate notarization, certification and authentication processes before being sent to Ukraine.We offer a complete Dossier Preparation Service to ease your international adoption process and give you peace of mind.
To ensure that prospective adoptive parents are prepared for their international adoption journey, our agency requires that parents complete 10 hours of adoption training as mandated by the Hague Convention. To satisfy these hours, we have developed an online parent training program that we are proud to include in CAN’s service plan. For an overview of the program, please click here. Please contact us for more information regarding adoption from Ukraine.
3. Identifying a Child
Once your dossier is approved by the Ukrainian government, an adoption date with the State Department for Adoption and Children’s Rights Protection (SDAPRC) in Kiev, Ukraine will be set. A child is identified based on your preferences for gender, age and health status. This is the first step of your travel to Ukraine for adoption. You will receive your referral while in the Ukraine at the SDAPRC.
4. Picking Up Your Child
You will be required to make one to two trips to complete the adoption process. If you choose to take only one trip, the expected time in the country is 3-4 weeks. If you choose to take two trips, the first trip is typically 2-3 weeks. During this trip, you will interview with the SDAPRC, who will then issue a referral for a child based on your requests. The referral usually occurs on the second day of your trip. You will travel to the orphanage where your child lives, meet your child, speak with the orphanage caretakers, and review your child’s medical records. After attending an adoption court hearing, there will be a 10 day waiting period. When this period is over, parents will complete their paperwork and appointments. This can be done on the second trip, which will last for 5-7 days. CAN will assist you with your travel preparations, scheduling your flights and arranging accommodations. We will also ensure that while you are in Ukraine, an experienced Guide will be with you every step of the way on your adoption process.
5. Post Adoption Requirements
Ukraine requires that you submit a post adoption report during the first three years after your international adoption from Ukraine is complete, and once every three years after that until the child is 18 years old. These reports demonstrate to the Ukrainian government the benefits of international adoption for their children. CAN’s post-adoption staff will guide you through the post-adoption process.
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