Adopting a child from Ukraine (2023)

Adopting a child from Ukraine (1)

The international adoption process has changed dramatically in the last 6-8 years. Waiting times for international adoption have grown and there are no longer any countries that are “easy” or quick processes.

Adoption is one of the most important decisions a family can make.

Strange as it may sound, we always suggest that families be very selfish in making this decision and carefully consider all of the following factors:

  • Age of the child or children to be adopted
  • medical problems
  • age of other children in the family
  • Settling-in period for the whole family, including the new family member
  • work schedule
  • Other family commitments such as aging parents etc.
  • School system they are in and resources available for adopted children
  • Importance of the initial assessment and addressing any concerns that may arise from such an assessment
  • The full personal care that the adopted child and other children need at home.

This list can be continued indefinitely.

If the family agrees that adoption will benefit the whole family and they are emotionally ready to adopt, Ukraine may be one of the best options for them.Ukraine offers many advantages compared to other countries when the family hopes to go through and complete an adoption in a timely manner.

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Ukraine allows the following adoption situations:

  • Adoption of children from 5 years
  • There are more opportunities when the family is open to a minimum age range of 5-9 years and any gender
  • There are a number of sibling groups waiting for adoptive families and Ukraine will allow sibling group adoption if one of the children is under the age of 5 to ensure the children are not separated; Age can vary from 4-9 or younger.
  • The rules permit the adoption of children under the age of 5 if they have certain special needs that allow them to be considered for international adoption.

The Ministry of Social Policy in Ukraine does not allow families to receive medical information about children before travel. The family must obtain this information during a meeting at the Ministry. It is imperative that the placement agency that the family works with prepares them properly before the trip to ask the right questions and connects the family with knowledgeable international adoption doctors in advance to provide the children's medical information quickly and thoroughly evaluate. This is the best way to protect the family and child from an adoption that the adoptive parents cannot adequately provide for. If the family feels they can meet the child's needs, it is most likely the right placement and everyone will benefit.

Every adoptive family must be diligent in ensuring that the agency they work with is knowledgeable, ethical and working with an experienced coordinator in that country who is fully committed to guiding the family through every stage of the process.

An overview of the adoption process from Ukraine:

  1. homeschooling:This is the process to qualify a family for adoption. It is a complete assessment of the prospective adoptive family's preparation for adopting a child and their ability to care for an internationally adopted child. It must be completed by a licensed adoption agency in the state where the adoptive parents reside. Although Ukraine is not a party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Cooperation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption, they require a certificate of Hague Accreditation from the intermediary body. The time frame averages six to ten weeks to complete the home study process.
  1. Application to USCIS: This is the start of the immigration process for a child to be adopted from another country. USCIS approval can take up to 3 months.
  2. Dossier creation:This is the package of documents required by the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine to enable a family to adopt. The placement agency is responsible for providing the full list of required documents and guiding the family through them. A month is more than enough time to prepare the dossier package.
    1. Your recruitment agency should triple check your dossier, including a pre-check by the coordinator, before sending it to Ukraine. The dossier must be dated within 6 months of the submission date, but preferably the documents are much more recent than 6 months. After the coordinator submits documents to the Department of Social Policy, it takes 20 working days for officials to review your documents.
    2. If the documents are correct, the ministry will issue a registration number. That means everything is correct and meets the requirements.
    3. There is a possibility of refusal if the ministry asks for some changes in the dossier documents.
    4. Once the documents are registered, the Ministry will notify the coordinator of an appointment for a family appointment within a week of approval.
  3. The adoptive parents can travel to Ukraine within a month after the approval decision.
  4. Each family has the right to meet with the Ministry three (3) times.
  5. Upon arrival in Ukraine, the agency coordinator is responsible for guiding the family through each step of the process. The placement agency prepares the family for their trip and the coordinator usually attends the family's meetings with a ministry psychologist. They provide profiles of children legally eligible for intercountry adoption according to age, health, gender, or other criteria identified in the home study.
  6. When the family identifies a child, they are given permission to meet with the child in the region where the child lives.
  7. The ministry grants ten working days to communicate with the child by visiting the orphanage. Many families will make the decision to adopt within a shorter time frame.
  8. When the family is ready to proceed, they have a meeting with the notary who will certify their decision to adopt a particular child.
  9. Both parents must appear in court, which takes place approximately 20 days after the child is admitted to the family, depending on the availability of the judge.

Each adoptive family can split the process into 2-4 trips if they cannot stay all the time.

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  • 1stThe trip lasts from 3 weeks to 1 month, or the family can stay 10 days and then go back to court two weeks (or up to 1.5 months) later.
  • 2ndTrip is 2 weeks, approx. A parent can travel with a spouse's power of attorney, but we always recommend that the family should travel together for bonding reasons.

If the family is not comfortable with the child and is unwilling to accept a particular background or illness, they have two or more opportunities to meet with the ministry representative. Families must consult with their placement agencies to ensure their documents are within the required time frame if a second or third trip is planned with the ministry.

Adoption from Ukraine is a good option for married families as Ukraine does not allow single parent adoptions. It offers a family the opportunity to complete an adoption within a year if open to a child aged 5+ and/or sibling groups.

educational resources

Our top suggestion is to educate yourself about specific medical conditions that you are comfortable with, including attachment and attachment issues. You can contact international adoption specialists such as the following:

DR. Genist:jajenista@aol.comOR (734)-668-0419

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dr Bledsoe and Dr. Davis: (206) 598-3000

Dr. Ron Federici:drfederici@aol.comOR (703) 830-6052

Or you read books like:

"Adopting the Wounded Child" or "Raising the Wounded Child" by Dr. cheeky

"Parenting with Love and Logic" by Keefer and Schooler

(Video) Woman at center of adoption scandal speaks out | ABC News

"Tell the Truth to Your Adopted or Foster Child" by Keefer and Schooler

As an agency, we are always open to conference calls and meet-ups to answer questions and accompany families on this exciting and life-changing journey.

Please ask questions, understand the process and what you can and cannot do. We will be happy to help you and are available to you as a contact person.

Inna Pecar, MSW, LCSW

Director of KidsFirst Adoption and Original

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from Ukraine

KidsFirst Adoption Services, LLC is a licensed child placement agency in Indiana. Our license allows us to work with families residing in any state. We are also an agency accredited in The Hague. We place children from Bulgaria, Poland, the Dominican Republic and the Ukraine internationally. We also have a domestic adoption program. We offer international and domestic placement services, as well as home study and post-adoption services. We work closely with each family to ensure a successful adoption. We pride ourselves on providing adoptive families with the personal attention they deserve before, during and after the adoption.


How much does it cost to adopt a child from Ukraine? ›

Adoption Fees: Ukraine does not charge adoption fees to adoptive parents, however, some families have reported that they pay between 10,000-40,000 U.S. dollars to their adoption service providers.

Can you adopt a child from Ukraine now? ›

Foreign Country Requirements

Foreign citizens must be married in order to be eligible to adopt from Ukraine. Under current Ukrainian law prospective adoptive parents must be at least 21 years old, and at least 15 years older than the adopted child.

Can you adopt a Ukrainian refugee child? ›

It is not possible to adopt children from Ukraine. These children are in Poland for safety reasons. When it is possible, they will return to their country, where their relatives are fighting for their future.

Can I help adopt a Ukrainian child? ›

Apply to Children's House International's Ukraine Program. Complete the Home Study Process with a CHI Social Worker or a Local Hague Accredited Social Worker. Submit Approved Home Study. Apply for I-800A Approval from USCIS.

How hard is it to adopt a Ukrainian orphan? ›

The adoption procedure takes 45-55 days. However, there is a 10-day waiting period after a court hearing and one or both parent/s prefer to go home for this period of time. There is one legal adoption agency in Ukraine: the government-operated Department for Department for Family and Children in Kiev (DFC).

Why are there so many orphans in Ukraine? ›

Ukraine has the largest number of children living in institutions in Europe. They are casualties of a Soviet-era system that made the process easy for parents to give their child up to the state. There was, and still is, a belief by many in Ukrainian society that disabled children receive better care in an institution.

How to adopt Ukrainian orphans 2022? ›

Ukraine has also confirmed there is no plan for simplified procedures, including for those already in the process of being adopted, and on March 13, 2022, announced that adoption is not possible at this time.”

Can I adopt or foster a Ukrainian child? ›

The Parents

Applicants must be at least 21 years old to adopt from Ukraine, with one parent at least 15 years older than the prospective child. There is no maximum age difference requirement.

Can you foster Ukrainian orphans? ›

In Ukraine there are several types of family care available—adoption, tutorship, foster care, hosting on weekends, and a children's village. For non-Ukrainians, by contrast, only adoption and hosting are possible.

Can you adopt a baby from Ukraine during war? ›

First and foremost, U.S. citizens may only adopt foreign children who are truly orphans or have parents whose parental rights to them have been terminated. This determination is not something that happens quickly or in the midst of a war.

Are people adopting Ukrainian orphans? ›

Ukraine had the most adoptions to the U.S. Now families must wait for war to end Ukraine was the leading country Americans adopted from, but it halted adoptions this year after Russia's invasion. Now many families and children are in limbo.

What is the best country to adopt a child from? ›

Here are the top five international adoption countries of 2021.
  • South Korea. One of the countries with the longest history of intercountry adoption, South Korea has been a sending country since international adoption began in 1955. ...
  • Colombia. ...
  • India. ...
  • Haiti. ...
  • Bulgaria.
Jan 29, 2022

What is the cheapest country to adopt from? ›

Actually, Ukraine is one of the cheapest countries for adoption. We offer an inexpensive program, from $9,500 depends on the age, health and the region where a child is placed.

What country is it easiest to adopt from? ›

Burundi — Parents must be 30+ and married at least 5 years, but there are few other barriers to adopting one of this country's more than 500,000 orphans. Ethiopia — Not only is this country's adoption system efficient, there is also great need thanks to the number of orphans.

What will happen to orphans in Ukraine? ›

Located in eastern Europe, Ukraine is the second largest country after Russia. Statistically speaking, within 2 years of leaving the orphanage, 80% of orphan graduates become involved in drugs, crime, or prostitution. Many end up in jail, or commit suicide.

Where will Ukraine orphans go? ›

More than 4,000 children from Ukrainian orphanages and care homes have been evacuated to Poland to escape the war. Separated from their parents or abandoned, they're coming to terms with trauma.

What's the cheapest country to adopt from? ›

Actually, Ukraine is one of the cheapest countries for adoption. We offer an inexpensive program, from $9,500 depends on the age, health and the region where a child is placed.

What is the easiest country to adopt a child? ›

Burundi — Parents must be 30+ and married at least 5 years, but there are few other barriers to adopting one of this country's more than 500,000 orphans. Ethiopia — Not only is this country's adoption system efficient, there is also great need thanks to the number of orphans.

How can I adopt a baby for free? ›

But most adoptions from foster care are free. Families who adopt from foster care usually adopt from a county, state, territory, or tribal public child welfare agency. Adopting a child from foster care is often funded by the state, and in most cases there are few or no fees.

What is the safest country to adopt from? ›

Here are the top five international adoption countries of 2021.
  • South Korea. One of the countries with the longest history of intercountry adoption, South Korea has been a sending country since international adoption began in 1955. ...
  • Colombia. ...
  • India. ...
  • Haiti. ...
  • Bulgaria.
Jan 29, 2022

Is it cheaper to adopt in the US or internationally? ›

Neither domestic nor international adoption is necessarily more or less expensive than the other; it all depends on the particular situation. Domestically, one can expect to spend between $20,000 and $35,000. Internationally, costs vary by country and range between $15,000 and $50,000.

What age child is easiest to adopt? ›

The older a child is, the more difficult it is for them to be adopted. The average age of a child in foster care is 7.7 years. While babies are often adopted very quickly, the adoption rates of children over 8 decrease significantly. When a child reaches their teens, the rate drops even more.

What country does the US adopt the most from? ›

Leading countries for intercountry adoptions into the United States in FY 2021
CharacteristicNumber of adoptions
South Korea156
1 more row
Oct 5, 2022

Why is it so hard to adopt in us? ›

One of the biggest concerns people bring up regarding adoption is the cost. For many domestic adoptions, adoptive parents pay for the birth mother's medical expenses related to pregnancy and the birth. Many adoptive parents also have to pay adoption agencies or lawyers who guide them through the adoption process.


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3. Nobody's Child: Inside Ukraine's Controversial Surrogate Adoption Industry
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4. Ukrainian orphan adoptions left in limbo amid war
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