Many adoptive parents have joyfully adopted from this Eastern European country. Ukraine is not a Hague accredited country but is a very stable and methodical program.
Younger Child Minor- Moderate Special Needs Track: These children range in age from 0-5 and all of them have minor to moderate or correctable special needs and have received additional testing coordinated by our facilitator. These children have needs such as birth defects, diagnosis of epilepsy due to having one seizure from a high fever, varying degrees of hearing loss, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and heart issues to name a few.
Traditional Track (This Includes the Adoption of Host Children, Large Sibling Groups of All Ages, and Children Over the Age of Six): This track focuses on large sibling groups of all ages and children between the ages of 6 and 15 years old. This track is the most popular and will be great for a family that is interested in multiple younger and older children! While IAN doesn’t have their own hosting program as of now, IAN is committed to helping families complete adoptions of their hosted children. If you are currently in a hosting program and need a primary provider to complete the adoption, International Adoption Net will be able to help!
Parent Qualification for Adopting from Ukraine:
- Parents must be 25 years old or older and at least one parent must be a U.S. citizen. The different between the adoptive parents age and the child must be at least 15 years.
- Ukraine will only complete adoptions for married heterosexual couples. Married couples should be married for at least one year before applying to this program.
- Potential adoptive parents should not have been diagnosed with severe medical issues or have any previous mental health history. They cannot have a history of drug use or experimentation. If potential adoptive parents have any history of alcohol abuse, it must be five years or more since the last incident.
- Ukraine has a no criminal history stance. Previous criminal history will be discussed on a case by case basis. If the potential adoptive parents have something on their criminal record this must be reported and will be discussed with the Ukraine facilitator before IAN can approve their application.
Timeline: Waiting Child adoptions are typically completed within 10 – 12 months.
Travel: Potential adoptive parents are required to travel to Ukraine for a total of three trips throughout the process. The first trip typically lasts 4-7 days, the second trip 2-3 days and the final trip will last approximately 2 weeks.