25 Factors to Consider When Adopting from Ukraine
Click on each factor to learn more. Current as of July, 2018. This information is subject to change; therefore, check with an agency that places from this country for the most current information.
Once a family has accepted a referral, the adoption petition is filed with the court in the child’s region. The adoption decree is approved in a hearing approximately 3 to 4 weeks later. Both parents must be present for the court hearing. There is a 30-day waiting period after the hearing, at which point the adoptive parents have full parental rights. Once the adoption is final, the parents apply for the child’s new birth certificate, passport and US visa. The process typically takes 1 to 2 weeks but might take up to twelve weeks.
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- Adoptions are finalized in Ukraine.
- Child must be registered with the Consular Office of the Ukrainian Embassy within one month of returning home.
- Child must maintain dual US/Ukrainian citizenship until age 18 when child can decide to drop the Ukrainian citizenship.
- The Ukrainian Adoption Authority (SDAPRC) has the right to refuse to register your dossier if, at the time of the dossier’s submission to the SDAPRC, the central database of Ukrainian children available for intercountry adoptions does not contain any children complying with the recommendation in your home study. Given the statistics published by the SDAPRC, there are currently no healthy children (or children with minor, correctable health problems) under three and very few under six years old. Therefore, if you are recommended for a healthy child or a child with minor/correctable health problems under six years of age, the SDAPRC is very likely to refuse even to accept and register your dossier.
- As of July 2014, the Universal Accreditation Act requires all American adoption agencies, whether they work with Hague countries or not, need to be accredited under the same standards that apply to Hague Convention adoption cases. This has the potential to effect adoptions from Ukraine, including kinship and independent adoptions. Listen to this Creating a Family show for more information on how the Universal Accreditation Act will effect international adoptions.
- While there is no law requiring a specific income for an applicant family, the husband does have to hold a job and the household income must be a minimum of 125% of poverty guidelines published annually by the Department of Homeland Security.
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