International Adoption in Ukraine
Consular Registration of Adopted Ukrainian children Passport Renewal of Adopted Ukrainian children Annual Report on Adopted child from Ukraine
On April 16, 2007 the State Department for Adoptions and Protection of the Rights of the Child (SDAPRC) of the Ministry of Family, Sports and Yougth of Ukraine resumed acceptance of new adoption applications from U.S. citizens.
State Department for Adoptions and Protection of Rights of the Child
The SDAPRC, a part of the Ministry of Family, Youth and Sports, is the only legal Ukrainian authority for adoptions. It maintains the database of adoptable children available for both domestic and international adoptions. The SDAPRC is involved in the international adoption process from the moment prospective parents apply for registration until an adoption hearing is held in court. The State Department for Adoptions and Protection of Rights of the Child has a policy of direct contact with prospective adopting parents. Translators or interpreters are available on the staff of the SDAPRC.
AGE AND CIVIL STATUS REQUIREMENTS: Married and single people may adopt from Ukraine. Prospective adopting parents have to be of legal age (18 years old and older), and the difference between the age of the adopting parent and adopted child must be at least 15 years, although this can be waived if circumstances warrant. If the child is adopted by a relative, the age difference is not considered.
Please note that according to the new Family Code of Ukraine (Article 213), if several candidates wish to adopt the same child, preference will be given first to a Ukrainian citizen, second to foreign couples who are married, and finally to foreign single parents. Hence, single foreign parents now have the last preference in adoptions and, although they can still submit their adoption dossiers to be registered with the State Department for Adoptions and Protection of Rights of the Child, the waiting time for an appointment is unknown and may exceed validity of the documents.
However, each adoption application is considered by Ukrainian adoption authorities on an individual basis.
Such application should be accompanied by the following documents:
1. Declaration executed by the competent US authorities which confirms the candidate's capacity to be registered, including his status as a homeowner or lessee of an acceptable residence, background information, current marital status - whether married, for how long, with how many children and their age, other relevant personal data. In case the declaration is made by non-governmental authorities, a copy of the authorization issued by the competent US governmental authorities granting approval for the adoption should be attached.
Please note that according to Ukrainian legislation, it is illegal in Ukraine to conduct business related to adoption through an intermediary organization or facilitators.
2. Permit of the competent U.S. governmental authorities where a prospective parent or parents reside allowing to adopt and to bring a child for legal residence in the United States.
3.Document regarding receipts, annual income (bank statement showing the annual income of the family).
4. Medical Records (Statement) of each prospective parent being registered.
5. Marriage Certificate (required for married couples).
6. Copy of passport of each prospective parent being registered.
7. Criminal background check (police clearance) by the competent Law enforcement authorities for each prospective parent being registered.
8. Letter of Obligation to register a child within one month with the Consular Office of the Embassy of Ukraine and provide the Consular Office with the annual updated information (post placement reports) on a child's development. According to the Ukrainian Law the Consular Office is bound to supervise and visit the adopted child. The Ukrainian Law on Citizenship envisages that the child shall remain a citizen of Ukraine until he/she comes of age.
All U.S. documents submitted to the Ukrainian government/court must be authenticated. Ukraine is a party to the Hague Legalization Convention. Generally, U.S. civil records, such as birth, death, and marriage certificates, must bear the seal of the issuing office and an apostille affixed by the state's Secretary of State (an apostille is a special seal applied to a document to certify that a document is a true copy of an original). Documents must be apostilled in the state where they are issued. Tax returns, medical reports and police clearances should likewise be authenticated. Prospective adopting parents should contact the Secretary of State of the state where documents originated from for instructions and fees for authenticating documents.
For additional information about the effects of joining the Hague Legalization Convention, please visit this page.
For additional information about authentication procedures, see the "Judicial Assistance" page of the Bureau of Consular Affairs Web site at http://travel.state.gov.
State Department on Adoption and Protection of the Children's Rights of the Ministry of Family, Sports and Yougth of Ukraine examines the adoption documents presented by the prospective adoptive parents, places candidates on a waiting list, gives them necessary information regarding the children available for adoption, including all information which would be necessary for adoption and then schedules an appointment for prospective adoptive parents to visit an orphanage in order to meet and select a child qualified for adoption.
All issues regarding completion of all procedures relating to adoption of a child from Ukraine should be addressed to the State Department on Adoption and Protection of the Children's Rights of the Ministry of Family, Sports and Yougth of Ukraine.
At the time foreign citizens seek to finalize their application for the adoption of a specific child, the State Department on Adoption and Protection of the Children's Rights of the Ministry of Family, Sports and Yougth of Ukraine examines all necessary materials and gives written permission to begin adoption proceedings or, at that time, a written denial in a detailed form.
Adoption of the child, who is a citizen of Ukraine, by foreign citizens is effected by the decision of the City (Region) Court only
No payments are to be made by candidates for the adoption of a child except those related to covering incidental office expenses.
No person acting in an introductory or intermediary capacity is allowed to accept any kind of payment for having facilitated the adoption of a child.
The applicable Law of Ukraine, which regulates adoption issues, is:
The interstate Adoption Procedure is governed by the Decree of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine N775, effective July 20, 1996.
That Decree stipulates that the Consular Office of the Embassy of Ukraine shall supervise an adopted child and obtain post placement reports from adoptive parents.
Please, be advised that these provisions are subject to change without prior notification.
Dear Adoptive Parent(s)!
In accordance with Ukrainian Law, the Consulate General of Ukraine in San Francisco should include your child (children) adopted in Ukraine, into the list of Ukrainian citizens permanently residing in the USA.
In order to process appropriate paperwork you should mail to the Consulate the following documents:
Please include a return self-addressed
In case you change your place of residence, you are also requested to inform the Consular Office.
Please be advised that you should send your application to the Ukrainian Consulate that has jurisdiction over the district of your residence by mail.
IMPORTANT: The Consular District (the area assigned to a Consular Post for the exercise of consular functions - Article 1 of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations and Optional Protocols, 04/24/1963) of the Consulate General of Ukraine in San Francisco includes States of Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada , New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming.
Please be sure to send your child's Registration Form to the appropriate Consular Office:
Dear Adoptive Parent(s)!
Please be informed that to apply for a new Ukrainian passport for your child(ren) you must mail to the Consulate General of Ukraine the following documents:
Dear Adoptive Parent(s)!
The Ukrainian legislation requires that adoptive parents provide the Ukrainian Consulates with annual reports on adopted child (children).
Please be so kind as to send annual reports to the Ukrainian Consulates once a year for the first three years after adoption, and then once every three years until the child reaches the age of 18.
The Consulate General of Ukraine in San Francisco will be grateful for your detailed reports about adopted child's (children's) living conditions and development and pictures of your family.
Please find here the Form of annual report on adopted child from Ukraine.
Please fill it out and mail to the Ukrainian Consulate that has jurisdiction over the district of your residence.
Thank you for your time and cooperation.
Processing times, requirements and fees are subject to change without notice.
The information on this web-site is provided as a public service, but we cannot guarantee that the information is current or accurate. Readers should verify the information before acting on it.
Last modified on September 25, 2007
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