Many adoptive parents have joyfully adopted from this Eastern European country. This program is unusual in intercountry adoption due to families traveling to Ukraine to receive their referral of a child. Families are not matched with a child prior to travel. Their dossier is first delivered to the authorities in Ukraine, and then the adoptive parents are issued an invitation to travel.
Children Available: Ukrainian law requires all orphaned children to be registered on the central adoption registry for one year and to be at least six years old before they are eligible for intercountry adoption. The amendment exempts children with certain special needs, relative adoptions, and sibling adoptions. The children are generally Caucasian. The majority of the children available for adoption have moderate to severe special needs.
Parent Qualification for Adopting from Ukraine:
- Married couples only may adopt from the Ukraine.
- The maximum age difference between adoptive parents and adopted children cannot exceed 45 years.
- Exceptions may be made in age of adoptive parents for older and special needs children.
Timeline: The time from the completion of the dossier to travel is approximately 7-12 months.
Travel: Some regions of Ukraine require one trip of 4-6 weeks, and others require 2 trips of shorter duration.