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Ukraine Adoption is Open!

Summary: After a delay, Ukraine has announced the Ukraine adoption is open again. Adoption dossiers will be accepted again.


According to the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Embassy in the Ukraine, the Central Adoption Authority of Ukraine is resuming adoptions in Ukraine. Ukraine Adoption is OPEN!

After a long delay, Ukraine is allowing non-Ukrainians to re-initiate the Ukraine adoption process. Starting December 19, 2006 new Ukraine adoption dossiers will be accepted.

The official adoption authority in Ukraine is the State Department for Adoptions and Protection of the Rights of the Child (SDAPRC). Quite a long named department to care for the littlest ones. But overseeing the care of each adoptee in Ukraine, a long name is in order in deed.

In Ukraine, prospective parents use a local service provider haven given their Power of Attorney within the country. Dossiers are submitted by the local agency and then reviewed within 5 to 10 days. If the dossier is approved, prospective parents will receive an “appointment letter”.

One very important thing is often overlooked in Ukraine adoption is that each local provider can only submit two dossiers each month. An agency with a dozen dossiers may take over 6 months to get to yours.

In order for your dossier to be considered, it must include the following:

  1. SDAPRC application for Ukraine Adoption
  2. Proof of Income
  3. Marriage certificate if applicable
  4. Required medical form
  5. Consent for Ukraine Adoption by both prospective parents
  6. Criminal background check
  7. Home Study with license authority of agency
  8. I-171H from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
  9. Passport copies
  10. Agreement to ‘register’ the child with the Ukrainian Embassy with the completion of the adoption
  11. Proof of residence

Of course, all of the documents must have the Secretary of State’s apostille – or seal.

There are also a number of items that make the Ukraine adoption process a bit tricky. It’s very important to have a reputable and knowledgeable adoption agency. A great example is that the dossier must be submitted in red folders.

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