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UKRAINE PROGRAM FOR ADOPTIVE PARENTS   

SRC Adoption Application Form

GENERAL INFORMATION 

The US Embassy in Kyiv is monitoring the adoption situation in Ukraine and updating their website with any news on the day it happens.  You can find the latest updates at:  http://kiev.usembassy.gov/amcit_adoptions_eng.html

ADOPTION PROCESS 

    • There is one legal adoption agency in Ukraine: the government-operated SDA.in Kiev. This is the only organization which may legally show photos or files of available children and help you identify a child for adoption.
    • In order to identify a child for adoption, the parents must first have their application and dossier approved by the Adoption Center in Kiev.
    • Both parents must travel in person to Ukraine to identify their child and to attend the court hearing. There is no legal procedure for adoption by guardianship or by proxy in Ukraine.
    • The total adoption process in Ukraine takes approximately 4 - 6 weeks typically, but may take longer on occasion.

CHILDREN TO BE ADOPTED 

    • More boys are available than girls.
    • Two or more siblings may be adopted in the same court hearing (in the same court region).  A second fully apostilled dossier is needed if they are residing in the same orphanage.  
    • The children should keep Ukrainian citizenship until 18 years of age.
    • The U.S. has passed a law which grants adopted children U.S. citizenship automatically upon adoption.

ADOPTIVE PARENTS 

    • There is no upper age limit for adopting parents - they should be deemed physically able to raise the child to adulthood.  (This may change in the 2007-2008).
    • Parents must be 15 years older than the adopted child.
    • Parents are responsible for registering the child with the Ukrainian Consulate in the country of residence within one month after adoption, and for sending yearly updates to the Ukrainian Consulate.
    • Ukraine requires no post-placement  from a licensed agency or social worker.
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UKRAINE ADOPTION SCHEDULE

The following is a typical schedule for adoption in Ukraine, based on approximately 4.5 weeks in Ukraine (time frame varies dependent on many factors) :

 Day 1 Arrive Kyiv airport. Driver & facilitator meet you at airport. Check into a hotel. Facilitator  gives you short orientation tour
 Day 2  Visit Adoption Center with facilitator.  Look at files, select child/ren to visit. 
Day 3  Travel by train overnight to orphanage city with facilitator
 Day 4 Visit orphanage, select child/ren (or return to Adoption Center if you  prefer   to visit other children, wait 3-10 days for new appointment)
 Day 5-8 Prepare paperwork for court hearing, set court date (Local permission to adopt child may take 3-5 days)
 Day 16  Receive approval papers for court (NAC may take 5-10 days to give permission for court)
 Day 17 Court Hearing (We recommend that parents return to US at this point until passport is completed)
 Days 18-30 10 day waiting period (may be slightly longer depending on weekends and holidays)
 Day 31 Apply for new birth certificate, and receive same day or next day
 Day 32 Apply for new passport (10 day wait for processing).  Pick up child/ren!
 Day 42 Pick up new passport Return to Kyiv by overnight train with facilitator
 Day 43 Visit medical center, (legalize documents)
 Day 44 Visit American Embassy 
 Day 45 Fly to US 
 

This schedule is subject to many variables of course, dependent on both the parents and the bureaucracy in Ukraine, but is currently typical.

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