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    The matters of international adoption in Ukraine are adjusted by such legislative acts as follow:

    1. Civil Code of Ukraine

    2. Civil Procedure Code of Ukraine

    3. Code about a Marriage and Family of Ukraine;

    4. "The Order of transfer of children, who are the citizens of Ukraine, on adoption to the citizens of Ukraine and foreign citizens and realization of the control behind conditions of their residing in new families", authorized by the Decision of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine from October 8, 2008, №905


    • You must be at least 21 years old and 15 years older than the child you want to adopt.


    • Only married couples are eligible to adopt. Prior divorce is allowed. Singles are not accepted.



    • You must be free of any kind of psychic, communicable, internal, skin or venereal diseases, AIDS and syphilis as well as you have not to be drug addict. The list of diseases which do not allow prospective parents to adopt in Ukraine check HERE CRIMINAL HISTORY


     • Applicants with a criminal history of child abuse, violence or domestic violence are not eligible to adopt.



    Ukrainian law requires orphans to be on the DFC registry for one year and to be at least 5 years old before they are eligible for intercountry adoption. A single child of 5 y.o. and older without serious health issues can be adopted. The law exempts children with medical conditions, relative adoptions, and sibling adoptions.

    • Children with medical conditions listed on the Ministry of Public Health Protection are available as soon as they are processed at the DFC (usually two months). The list of diseases check HERE

    If a child under 5 y.o. has a sibling who is older than 5 y.o.– the younger child can be adopted with the older sibling no matter what health status this child has.


    There are no income requirements for adoption, but you have to meet USCIS requirements.   USCIS uses the US Poverty Guideline to determine whether your income is sufficient enough to adopt and care for another child. Based on the total number of people in your household, including yourself, your spouse, all of your dependent children, and the child/children you are going to adopt, you must meet a minimum of 125% of the US Poverty Guideline for the total number of household members.

    2014 Poverty Guidelines for the 48 Contiguous States and the District of Columbia:

    Size of Family Unit Poverty Guidelines 125 Percent
    2 $15,730 $19,663
    3 $19,790 $24,738
    4 $23,850 $29,813
    5 $27,910 $34,888
    6 $31,970 $39,963
    7 $36,030 $45,038
    8 $40,090 $50,113

    For family units with more than 8 members, add $5,075 per family member to meet 125% of the poverty guideline.


    It takes between three to twelve months after the prospective parents submit their dossier to the Department for Family and Children until the appointment date.  Parents can also expect a three to four week wait between the initial filing of the adoption in the local court and issuance of the final adoption decree.


    The adoption process can be completed in one long trip which will take about 5-8 weeks with the presence of 2 parents, or two short trips when it is required for both parents to be present for 2-3 weeks, then there is a period before the final court decree comes into effect when parents can go back to the USA for 10-14 days, after what only 1 parent can come back to Ukraine for 1-2 weeks to finalize the adoption process.



    • NO commercial intermediaries may take part in the process of adoption

    • There will be NO fees except those for court filing, notaries and translation and similar services.

    • The only adoption organization that can legally show you pictures of available children or give any information on the children available for adoption is the Department for Family and Children of Ukraine (DFC), located in Kiev, Ukraine.

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    About Us

    “Magistr” is the professional Family Law Company which was established by its Managing Partner Oleksiy Gutsulyak in 2002. Combining world-class standards of legal practice, established local expertise, and 10 years of experience on the country’s young legal market, “Magistr” has unparalleled capabilities for meeting the requirements of clients in all fields of law.

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