Ukraine is a beautiful country located on the western border of Russia. It gained independence following the collapse of the Soviet Union, and achieved statehood in 1991. Since that time, economic decline has contributed to an increased number of orphans throughout the country. Of the estimated 60,000 to 100,000 orphans in Ukraine, 68% are estimated to be social orphans.
Both spouses must be at least 25 years old and at least 15 years older than the adoptee, but no more than 45 years older than the adoptee. Currently only married couples are allowed. Families with existing children are permitted to adopt. Joint income must be at least $10,000 per member of the household, including your adopted child.
Application through final adoption decree is approximately 12–15 months
Age of Children Available
Boys are more readily available than girls; 14 months – 15 years old. Occasionally, sibling groups are available. Children under 5 years are available on a limited basis. Children with significant special needs are available at any age
Both parents must travel, but both need not remain in the country for the entire adoption procedure. An extra trip may be required, depending on the region your child is from. Average stay is 5–7 weeks total.
Adoptive parents should 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.
† Information gathered from various agencies and other online sources with special thanks to AWAA.org.