Ukraine Host Kids Have Arrived

The Kids Are Here!

Our Ukraine Host Kids arrived from the Ukraine this weekend to spend their entire summer with an American host family. Everyone is safe and sound in their host homes. We ask for your thoughts as the children settle in and families adjust. The children are here for 11 weeks and we hope that they all have an incredibly memorable experience. We hope that  these children who were once abandoned know and understand that there are people in this world that want to love them, that they have a purpose, that the world is much bigger and brighter than they may realize.

Stay tuned for more updates!


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Ukraine February/March Update

We are so glad to report that our second Ukraine adoptive family returned home earlier this month.  As I’m sure you can imagine, it wasn’t the most stable time to be in Ukraine.  We are proud of this family and their little girl, for staying strong and positive throughout the process.

As a Reminder, please see the Post Adoption Commitment that all families must abide by. If you have any questions, please contact our Post Adoption Counselor, Leigh Anne Graf at:


1. We SHALL register the adopted child(ren) within one-month period after returning toUnited States of Americaat the Embassy of Ukraine in theUnited Statessituated at: 3350 M Street, NW,Washington,D.C.20007,U.S.A.

2. We SHALL provide progress reports regarding living conditions and upbringing of our adopted child(ren) to the said Ukrainian Embassy once each year for first three years, then one report every third year until the adopted child(ren) attain the age of eighteen (18) years per addendum 5 of the Regulation # 905 of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine;

3. We SHALL permit any Ukrainian Consulate/Embassy representative to communicate with and visit the adopted child (children).

4. We SHALL keep Ukrainian citizenship of adopted child(ren) until age of eighteen (18).

5. We SHALL inform the Embassy of Ukraine in the United States situated at: 3350 M Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20007, U.S.A. in case our adopted child(ren) will change place of residence.

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Ukraine January Update

We are happy to inform you that our first child from Ukraine arrived home last month – on Christmas Day!  Congratulations to this family and to their little boy who is doing wonderfully with in his transition and adjustment to the U.S.

Our second traveling family is currently awaiting final court proceedings before bringing their little girl home.

CAN has recently been focusing on advocating for the adoption of older children, with a highlight on our Ukraine program.  We hope to bring more awareness to the “fast” (it’s a relative term!) adoption process families can have in Eastern Europe if they commit to an older child adoption.  Although the challenges of adopting from Eastern Europe include a more stringent dossier process, the benefits include a speedy referral matching process once that dossier is in!

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Five Reasons to Adopt From Ukraine

Why Adopt From Ukraine?
1. Once a dossier is registered in country, the process will typically move rapidly. A family could receive an invitation to meet their referred child in just 2-4 months! 
2. Beautiful boys and girls typically ages 9 and up with minor special needs are ready and waiting to be adopted.
3. A family may adopt 2 or more siblings at the same time
4. In country staff is welcoming, experienced and wonderful to work with.
5. You are helping to save a child’s future! Most children in Ukraine that do not get adopted do not find work, and end up involved in crime or prostitution.

What to Expect
The adoption process in Ukraine is probably one of the smoothest out of all the countries, however, the dossier preparation process maybe one of the most difficult. A family adopting from Ukraine must be prepared to meet deadlines, have quick turn around with documents, be patient and understand the country’s strict policies. But once a dossier is registered in Ukraine the process is a breeze!

Feel free to reach out to our international adoption consultant at to learn how to bring your child home now.

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December Ukraine Update

We have had a busy month in Ukraine!  Two families have traveled and been matched with referrals!  We are so happy for these families.  One will be welcoming a 9 year old girl, and the other family will welcome a 10 year old boy.  These families are in the court process and awaiting exit documents to be able to bring these children home!

We are grateful to these 2 families for paving the way for future families.  From their experience and recommendations, we highly encourage new families to be open to children at least ages 0-12 years, who have special needs, and siblings.  Typically, boys are more common than girls.  We encourage families to receive USCIS approval for special needs.

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November Country Update

Happy November Ukraine Families!  We have had a busy month in Ukraine.  Two families are currently in country, meeting referrals for the first time.  More news will be shared after these families have an opportunity to meet the children and decide if they are able to move forward.

A reminder to all families: the SDA encourages families to be as broad as possible in their age range, number of siblings, and request for special needs.  Single children who are biologically part of a sibling group, can only be referred to families who are approved for a sibling group (even if the child is separated out and only a single referral).

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The Many Faces of a Waiting Child

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Families are Being Created with Children of All Nations!

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October Country Update

We are happy to announce that two of our Ukraine families will be traveling within the next month!  After painstaking efforts to do and re-do dossier documents, we congratulate these families that their hard work is paying off!

Tip for Families Traveling

In determining what type of clothing to pack, make sure to look nice at all times, including visiting the orphanage and at meetings.  See the entire process like a job interview. Although comfy and casual is accepted pretty much everywhere in the U.S., most European cultures have a higher standard of dress and appearance.  Our Representative writes, “There were several comments made to me by orphanage staff recently about families who looked sloppy, wore dirty clothing, forgot to brush their hair, etc.  The kids in the orphanage told the child who was being adopted by these parents, ‘Look- these people look like they are homeless themselves- where are they taking you?’”  For SDA, CPS, court and first orphanage meetings you should dress up even more and look professional.  If you have any questions feel free to contact your Referral Counselor!

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Hello From Emily

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