Ukraine


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CHI’s Ukrainian Adoption Program

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Children’s House is excited to announce the reopening of a program in the Ukraine. Children’s House has worked in this country previously so this we are excited to welcome families back to it! Children’s House works directly with Ukraine’s Department of Families and Children (DFC) throughout the adoption process and will come alongside of you as we work towards bringing a child intro your family forever.

Why Children’s House International?

There are a lot of good people working in adoption. What makes CHI different? We promise attention to detail – we’ll be spending hours on the telephone and emailing with you and Ukraine. We’ll make sure your paperwork is in order so your approvals happen as smoothly as possible. We will be there to answer your questions and we will always try to get right back with you quickly. We will point you in the direction of useful resources to help in your planning – things like Ukrainian adoption Internet groups, books and language resources, qualified specialists in International adoption to answer your medical and developmental questions, and more. And when it comes time to travel, we’ll arm you with all the information you need to make your trip successful. Our goal is to make your adoption experience as smooth and enjoyable as possible. Children’s House International is proud of its 40 year reputation. We will be happy to answer all your questions.

Adoption Forms and Fees

For more information including our application, agency retainer agreement and financial agreements and statistical information on: the number of adoption placements per year for the prior 3 calendar years, the number of placements that remain intact, the number of families who apply to adopt each year, and the number of waiting children eligible for adoption, click here.

For more information email: inquiry@chiadopt.org

Adoption process for the Ukraine

  1. Complete an intake call with the case manager. This is to verify that you qualify for the Ukraine program.
  2. Send CHI your completed Application and Application Fee, along with your signed Agency Retainer Agreement, Financial Disclosure Agreement, and all other contractual forms downloaded from the CHI document site.
  3. Begin your Home Study; take Adoption Education Courses and read suggested educational materials. If you live in Washington, Utah or Florida, a CHI social worker will complete your home study. If you live outside these states, please check our home study resource page and we can help you find a local agency social worker to prepare your home study. The Ukraine is not a member of the Hague Convention on International Adoptions, however, we require a home study to be completed by an agency who is Hague accredited. The social worker completing your home study will visit you and your family, conduct thorough interviews, education your family on adoption issues, review the required paperwork (birth certificates, marriage license, divorce decrees, etc) and then prepare a detailed report. These reports are typically between 10-15 pages in length.
  4. File I-600A with USCIS Once your home study is complete; you will file form I600A, along with other supporting documents with U.S. Citizenship and Immigrations Services (USCIS). During this process, which typically takes 2 months from start to finish, you and your spouse will be fingerprinted through the FBI and the home study and other documents will be reviewed by USCIS. Your approval will be mailed to you. This approval is one of the requirements in order for your adopted child to obtain a visa and be able to enter the U.S. Also, if you don’t already have them, obtain your passports. If you already have them make sure they will not expire during your adoption process.
  5. Gather Dossier documents and forward Dossier to CHI. The dossier is a collection of all the required paperwork for your adoption file that Ukrainian government will review. CHI will send you detailed instructions on dossier preparation at the beginning. This can take anywhere from several weeks to months to compile.
  6. Your completed dossier will be sent to Ukraine for translation. It will then be submitted to DFC (Ukrainian central authority) for their review and approval. Three to 12 months can pass between the prospective adoptive parents’ submission of their application dossier and the DFC appointment date.
  7. DFC invites you to an interview and to receive a referral. Families will travel to Kyiv about a month after the invitation (which is given about 6 weeks after Dossier is submitted) and receive a referral from the State Department for Adoption. You will be issued a letter of referral to allow you to visit an orphanage to meet and establish contact with a child, and check his or her medical records. The DFC will allow only three appointments to each adoptive family to look at the children’s files.
  8. Upon acceptance of the referral, the file for the case is presented to a judge in the region where the child lives. The power to approve or deny an adoption lies solely with the judge, who bases his or her decision on a review of various case-specific documents during the court hearing. Adoptive parents must attend the hearing. If one parent cannot be present (e.g., major surgery, disability), a judge may permit the parent to provide a power of attorney to the attending parent.
  9. After you finalize the adoption (gain legal custody) in Ukraine, visit the U.S. Embassy for final review and approval of the child’s I-600 with USCIS to determine the adoptability of the child and to obtain a visa for the child.
  10. You have the choice of one or two trips to Ukraine. If you choose two trips, first trip is approximately 3-4 weeks and about 2 weeks (approximately 10 day waiting period after court) after that you travel for the 2nd trip which is about 1-2 weeks. If done in one trip it is 5-6 weeks or longer.

Post Adoption Report Requirements:

  • Ukraine has their own template for PAR (post adoption reports). Ukraine requires adoptive parents to supply information about the adopted child’s living conditions and educational progress to the Ukrainian consular office annually during the first three years following the adoption and once every three years thereafter, until the child’s 18th birthday. The first post adoption report must be done within 6 months of returning home and the first 3 reports must be done by a social worker. Note: Under Ukrainian law, an adopted child remains a citizen until he/she turns 18 years old. At that time, he/she can decide whether or not to remain a Ukrainian citizen.
  • Within one month of returning home the child must be registered at the closest Ukrainian consulate after adoption
  • To register your child you must submit the following documents: application, registration form, child’s original passport, child’s birth certificate, copy of second and third pages of the US passports of adoptive parents, an original and a copy of the Ukrainian Court’s Decree on adoption, and 1 passport size photo – include a return self-addressed postage paid envelope. (According to the Ukraine Embassy in the US)

For more information email: inquiry@chiadopt.org

Children in Ukraine

According to the US Department of State children waiting for Families in Ukraine are:

  • Children 6 years old or older (typically they will be at least 10 years old)
  • Children with an identified special medical need that are 5 years old or younger
  • Sibling groups of all ages

For more information email: inquiry@chiadopt.org

Adoptive Parent Requirements

While your adoption journey may begin today, adoptive parents should understand that adoption is a lifelong commitment. A successful home study plays a vital role in helping on your preparation to become adoptive parents. Our trained and caring professionals will respect your confidentiality was we work together to educate and create an accurate portrait of you as future adoptive parents. The home study is an invaluable first step toward parenthood.

Approved Home Study

If you live in Washington, Utah or Florida, a CHI social worker will complete your home study. If you live outside these states, we will help you find a local agency social worker to prepare your home study.

Ukraine is not a member of the Hague Convention on International Adoptions, but we require that the home study is completed by an agency who is Hague accredited. It takes approximately two to three months to complete your home study, maybe a little longer. Some states have more requirements than others. Several post placement reports from your social worker will required when you return home with your child.

The home study begins with adoptive parent education and a thorough evaluation of your family that will include several background clearances, medical evaluations and financial stability. Your home study is foundation on which USCIS and in country approvals for international adoption are based. They enable adoptive parents to learn, reflect, and prepare for parenting. It involves opening your hearts, minds, and home to a social worker through a series of meetings and gives you the opportunity to ask all the questions you may have as well.

USCIS Immigration Approval

USCIS immigration approval is required for all international adoptions (this includes an FBI fingerprint results). This approval allows your newly adopted child to receive a VISA from the US USCIS (United States Citizenship & Immigration Services) immigration approval is required for all international adoptions (this includes an FBI fingerprint results). This approval allows your newly adopted child to receive a VISA from the U.S. Embassy and enter the U.S. and become a citizen.

Ukrainian Adoptive Parent Requirements:

  • Adoptive parents must be at least 25 years of age and at least 15 years older than the adopted child.
  • You must be married in order to be eligible to adopt from Ukraine.

For more information email: inquiry@chiadopt.org

Travel Process

Approximately 3 months to 12 months after your Dossier is submitted you will receive an invitation from DFC to travel. You will be expected to travel to Ukraine about a month after this invitation to select a referral.

You have a choice of taking either one or two trips to complete the adoption process. If you choose one trip then you will be in country approximately 5-6 weeks for the process to be finalized. If you take two trips, first trip is approximately 3-4 weeks and the second trip is about 1-2 weeks. These trips would be approximately 2 weeks apart. During the trip, you will interview with the DFC, who will then issue a referral for a child based on your requests. The referral usually occurs on the second day of your trip. You will travel to the orphanage where your child lives, meet your child, speak with the orphanage caretakers, and review your child’s medical records. After attending an adoption court hearing, there will be a 10 day waiting period. When this period is over, parents will complete their paperwork and appointments. This can be done on the second trip.

For more information email: inquiry@chiadopt.org

Waiting Children

A child must be registered for at least one year with the central adoption authority before he or she becomes eligible for international adoption.

From the Ukrainian Embassy in the United States here is a list of special needs that unfortunately have affected many children who are just waiting for a family:

  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • Other types of chronic viral hepatitis
  • HIV
  • Malignant neoplasms
  • Constitutional aplastic anemia
  • Combined immunodeficiency’s
  • Wiskott–Aldrich syndrome (WAS)
  • Di George syndrome
  • Disorders of phosphorus metabolism and phosphatases
  • Sequelae of inflammatory diseases of central nervous system
  • Epilepsy
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Blindness
  • Severe visual impairment
  • Hearing loss
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Renal osteodystrophy
  • Diabetes
  • Encephalocele
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Spina bifida
  • Anophthalmos
  • Congenital malformations
  • Hypoplastic left heart syndrome
  • Polycystic kidney
  • Renal dysplasia
  • Cystic kidney
  • Down syndrome

For more information email: inquiry@chiadopt.org

Country Facts

Ukraine is the largest state in Europe, first recognizing independence in 1991 after being a former Soviet Union country. Ukraine is a beautiful place marked my ornate Orthodox churches and bright shores lining the Crimea Sea. There is much rich history and culture to experience throughout this country.

Kyiv(Kiev), called “the mother of Slavic cities,” is the capital of the Ukraine. It’s the country’s largest city, with about three million people. Situated on the Black River, it remains Ukraine’s cultural and industrial center.

Ukrainian is the official language, however Russian is widely spoken especially in southern and eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine is a wonderful country to adopt from! In 2013 there were 438 children adopted. There are many more children waiting for forever families!

Unfortunately there is currently a conflict in the Eastern region of Ukraine but families will not be requested or allowed to travel to that region.

Here are extra resources for education on Ukraine:

For more information email: inquiry@chiadopt.org