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    The State Department of Adoption and Protection of Child’s Rights (SDAPCR), a part of the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine, is the only legal Ukrainian authority for adoptions. It maintains a database of children available for both domestic and international adoptions. SDAPCR is involved in the international adoption process from the moment prospective parents apply for registration until an adoption hearing is held in court. It has a policy of maintaining direct contact with prospective adoptive parents. Applying parents must send their documents directly to SDAPCR, which will communicate with facilitators only after an application is filed.

    From a procedural viewpoint, prospective parents must first register with SDAPCR, which processes the submitted documents and enters them into the database within ten days. Once an application is approved, the prospective parents will receive an invitation to visit SDAPCR. When adopting parents arrive in Ukraine, SDAPCR representatives show them information about orphans available for international adoption within the parents’ specified age range. Then SDAPCR issues a letter of referral to allow the prospective parents to visit certain orphanages to meet, select, and establish contact with a child. It is important that a Ukrainian child can be adopted by a foreign citizen only after the expiry of one year’s registration period in the child’s adoption database.

    Once SDAPCR issues permission for prospective parents to visit orphanages, parents may go and meet a child, check medical records, and establish personal contact with a child. After prospective parents identify a child they wish to adopt, the file for the case is presented to a judge in the region where the child is from. (Note: The power to approve or deny an adoption rests solely with an individual judge.) The judge’s decision to approve (or deny) the adoption is based only on a review of the documents pertaining to the adoption.

    The judge’s decision usually is announced and issued on the same day as the hearing, and adopting parents must attend the hearing. However, unless the judge grants an “immediate execution,” the decision does not take effect for one month. (Such waivers are granted only when there is clear evidence that a delay could endanger the child’s health.) During this one-month period, the adoption can be appealed. Once the decision takes effect, the new adoptive parents are granted parental rights and legal responsibility for the child.

    AGE REQUIREMENTS

    • You must be 15 years older than the child you want to adopt.

    HEALTH ISSUE REQUIREMENTS

    • You must be free of AIDS, Syphilis and TB to adopt from Ukraine.

    • Those with physical disabilities CAN adopt from Ukraine as long as they can care for the child.

    AVAILABLE ORPHAN REQUIREMENTS

    • Children must be on SDAPCR registry for one year before they are available for international adoption

    • Children with medical conditions listed on the Ministry of Public Health Protection are available as soon as they are processed at SDAPCR (usually two months)

    CURRENT UKRAINE LAW REQUIREMENTS

    • 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 is SDAPCR, located in Kiev, Ukraine.

    • The only adoption organization that can legally give any information on the children available for adoption is SDAPCR, located in Kiev, Ukraine.

    ADOPTION PROCEDURE

    Step 1: Preparation and filing of the following documents

    1. Application to adopt a child (notarized) must contain names of the spouses, country of residence, contact information, number and age of children you want to adopt; this application should be filed personally or via representative (contact info of representative) at 8/10 Esplanadna St., Kiev, Ukraine.

    2. Three (3) copies of passport or other identification document.

    3. Resolution of the relevant authority of the country of residence on possibility to adopt a child, indicating an address, living conditions (number of bedrooms, availability of facilities for living of a child), biographical data, family structure (number of persons living with applicants, relation type thereof, own children), applicants’ attitude to adoption (2 counterparts). If this resolution is issued by a non-state authority, it should be accompanied by a copy of a license for carrying adoption-related activity.

    4. Permit from the relevant authority on entrance and permanent residence of adopted child (except countries with visa-free regime for Ukraine).

    5. Two counterparts of each of the following Applications-Obligations:

    -To register the child with the relevant Consulate or Embassy of Ukraine (with indication of the full name and address of the authority) within a month from entering the country of residence together with the child;

    -To provide the adopted child with the right to retain Ukrainian citizenship till the age of 18;

    -To file with the above Consulate or Embassy of Ukraine not less than once a year during the first three years after adoption, and once in three years further until the child reaches 18 years of age a report on living conditions and health condition of the child.

    -To provide the above Consulate or Embassy of Ukraine with the possibility to communicate with the child.

    -To inform the relevant Consulate or Embassy of Ukraine on change of the adopted child’s place of residence.

    6. If only one of the couple is an applicant, a notarized consent for adoption from another spouse is needed.

    7. Income (salary) certificates for the last 6 months or copies of income declarations for the previous calendar year, certified by notary or issuing authority.

    8. Notarized copy of marriage certificate registered with the relevant authority (two counterparts).

    9. Health certificate for each of applicants.

    10. Certificate on absence of convictions issued by the relevant authority.

    11. Notarized copy of title document for ownership or accommodation right for living premises, with indication of general and living space and number of bedrooms.

    12. Notarized written consent of the applicants for disclosure of their information by the Secretariat General of the Interpol and by the law-enforcement authorities of the country(-ies) of which they are citizens and of the country they are residing in (two counterparts)

    The above mentioned documents are prepared in the applicants’ country of residence and are legalized or certified by Apostille (except for copies of passport or other ID) and are filed together with notarized Ukrainian translations thereof.

    Step 2: Resolution of the Ministry

    Within 10 working days from receipt of application the Ministry:

    -reviews the documents;

    -interviews the applicants to determine applicants’ adoption intentions and attitude to the child upbringing;

    -prepares an act on living conditions of the applicants;

    -considers the applicants’ ability to adopt a child;

    -issues a corresponding resolution.

    If the applicants are denied, a written explanation is provided. If favorable resolution is rendered, however, applicants are registered as candidates. The favorable resolution is valid during 18 months from the date of issuance. If other documents expire within this term, the candidates must renew them and add to their file.

    Step 3: Review of children database

    The candidates are provided with the following information about each child available for adoption: photo, name, age, current living and care arrangements (without indication of name and location of the institution), existence of siblings, their age and arrangements, the child’s special needs (if any).

    Step 4: Acquaintance with the child

    If the candidates wish to meet one of the children, the Ministry issues a referral, which is valid during 10 days from the date of issuance. During the personal meeting a representative of the Ministry and representative(s) of the child care institution where the child lives should be present. The candidates review the child’s personal file, medical certificate, receive information about such child’s life, peculiarities of child’s development, behavior, character and recommendations with regard to communication with the child and his/her care. After the first meeting the candidates have the right for further everyday meetings for the duration of the term of referral.

    Step 5: Application to adopt a particular child

    After meeting the child, the candidates may apply to the Ministry to adopt this child. The application should be in Ukrainian, with indication of full names and place of residence of the candidates, as well as full name, age and current place of residence of the child (institution), and should be supported by other documents, filed by the institution where the child lives.

    Step 6: Final resolution of the Ministry

    Within 10 working days from receipt of the second application the Ministry:

    - ascertains if the child agrees to adoption;

    - drafts resolution on appropriateness of adoption and its correspondence to the child’s interests.

    The child’s consent for adoption is given in oral or in written form, depending on the child’s age and state of health. The representative of the Ministry confirms the child’s consent for adoption and explains to him/her its consequences. If the child’s age or state of health does not allow the child to realize the fact of adoption, it is performed without his/her consent.

    Note that the candidates should appear personally to obtain the final resolution within a month since filing their second application, and file an application on adoption with the court (see step 7) within a month from obtaining such resolution, otherwise it is considered that they refused from adoption.

    Step 7: Application on adoption to the court

    In case of favorable final resolution of the Ministry, the candidates personally file an application on adoption with the court at the child’s place of residence.

    Step 8: Court decision

    A court hearing of adoption case is held, and if all requirements for future successful child upbringing and development are fulfilled, the adoption right is awarded. Adoption is considered to be granted since entering into force of the court decision.

    Step 9: The adopting parents personally take the child

    The adopting parents may personally take physical custody of the child ten (10) days after the court decision enters into force.

    Step 10: Adoption certificate

    On the basis of the court decision, and the child’s old birth certificate, the ZAGS issues an adoption certificate and a new birth certificate.

    Step 11: Registration with the Consulate or Embassy of Ukraine

    The adopting parents should register the child with the Consulate or Embassy of Ukraine in their country of residence. In addition, the adopting parents should file annual post adoption reports (post placement reports). Significantly, Ukraine does not require you to have post-placement reports completed by a social worker.

    As a rule, you must register your child within 30 days of returning to your home country. You register your child by filling out a form and attaching a color passport photo of the child. Send this form to the Ukrainian Embassy along with the child’s passport. The Embassy will stamp the passport and return it to you.

    The documents required to be submitted to the Ukrainian Embassy or Consulate should be completed in triplicate and must include the following information/commitments:

    - To register the adopted child with the respective Consulate or Embassy of Ukraine, including the name and full address of the Consulate/Embassy.

    - To provide the adopted child with the opportunity to keep his/her Ukrainian Citizenship until 18 years of age.

    - To submit annual reports on the adopted child to the Consulate or Embassy of Ukraine at least once a year for the first three years after the adoption and once every three years afterward until the child’s 18th birthday.

    - To provide an opportunity to the representatives of the Consulate/Embassy of Ukraine to communicate with the adopted child.

    - To inform the Consulate/Embassy of Ukraine about any change of address of the adopted child.

    You will need to submit annual reports to the Ukraine Embassy until your child turns 18. This will keep your child’s Ukrainian citizenship up to date. The annual post-placement reports should include a current photo, a brief statement about your child’s progress in school, and your child’s health.

    LEGISLATIVE REQUIREMENTS

    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

    AGE REQUIREMENTS

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

    MARRIAGE REQUIREMENTS

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

    HEALTH ISSUE REQUIREMENTS

     

    • 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.

     

    AVAILABLE ORPHAN REQUIREMENTS

    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.

    INCOME REQUIREMENTS

    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.

    TIME FRAME

    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.

    TRAVEL

    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.

    CURRENT UKRAINE LAW REQUIREMENTS

     

    • 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.

    The State Department for Family and Children (DFC), a part of the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine, is the only legal Ukrainian authority for adoptions. It maintains a database of children available for both domestic and international adoptions. The DFC is involved in the international adoption process from the moment prospective parents apply for registration until an adoption hearing is held in court. It has a policy of maintaining direct contact with prospective adoptive parents. Applying parents must send their documents directly to the DFC, which will communicate with facilitators only after an application is filed.

     

    REGISTERING WITH tHE DFC

    From a procedural viewpoint prospective adopting parents must first register with the Department for Family and Children (DFC) under the Ministry for Social Policy of Ukraine. The DFC processes the documents submitted by adopting parents and enters them into their database within twenty working days.  Once an application is approved, the prospective adopting parents will receive an invitation to visit the DFC.  When adopting parents arrive in Ukraine, the DFC shows them information about orphans available for international adoption within the parents' specified age range.  DFC then issues a letter of referral to allow the prospective parents to visit orphanages to meet and establish contact with a child. Along with the letter of referral, adopting parents will be given their documents, bound, numbered, sealed, and signed by an official in charge of the DFC, with a separate sheet specifying the number of pages and the prospective parents' registration file code.

    If the applicants are denied, a written explanation is provided. If favorable resolution is rendered, however, applicants are registered as candidates. The favorable resolution is valid during 18 months from the date of issuance. If other documents expire within this term, the candidates must renew them and add to their file.

    ACQUAINTANCE WITH THE CHILD 

     

    The DFC, the central adoption authority in Ukraine, maintains the database of adoptable children available for both domestic and intercountry adoptions, and will help you meet and identify an eligible child to adopt.  If you are eligible to adopt, and the DFC approves your application, you will receive an appointment (invitation) to visit the DFC.  At this appointment DFC officials will show you information about orphans eligible for intercountry adoption, and issue 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.

    As of December 1, 2008 the DFC will allow only three appointments to each adoptive family to look at the children's files.  If you have not chosen a child after the third appointment, your adoption dossier will be returned to you immediately.  You will need to submit a notarized statement to request a second/third appointment with your dossier to the DFC and then they officially have ten business days to respond with the date of your second/third appointment.  The DFC also limits the number of adoption referrals issued to each family to two referrals.

    Each family must decide for itself whether or not it will be able to meet the needs of a particular child and provide a permanent family placement for the referred child.

    PRE-ADOPTION MEDICAL EXAMINATION

    While meeting a child at the orphanage, you will be shown his/her medical history.  If any doubts arise, or if you would like to get more details on the child's health condition, you may request an additional medical check-up of the child (including blood tests etc.).  According to the law, every prospective parent has the right for additional pre-adoption medical examination of the child conducted by a private physician in the presence of the orphanage staff member.

    Parents should make every effort to thoroughly understand the medical conditions diagnosed by local physicians.  Please be sure the facilitator and/or interpreter you hire are competent to translate and explain complex medical diagnoses.  Knowledge of the child's medical conditions is required for the I-604 interview at U.S. Embassy in Kyiv.  Parents should verify that medical reports from the orphanage are thorough and reflect all information provided to the Ukrainian court for the hearing.

    COURT HEARING

    Once DFC issues permission for prospective parents to visit orphanages, parents may go and meet a child, check medical records, and establish personal contact with a child. After prospective adopting parents identify a child for adoption, 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 remains solely with an individual judge.  The judge's decision, in turn, is based on a review of various documents of each individual adoption case during the court hearing.

    As a general rule, the judge's decision is announced and issued the day of the hearing.  However, it does not take effect for ten days.  During the ten-day period, the adoption can be appealed, which the Embassy understands is rare.  If an application for appeal is submitted to the court within ten days after the court hearing, an additional period of 20 days is added for filing the actual appeal case with all the supporting documents with the court.  The waivers of appeal period are rarely granted in cases when there is clear evidence that a delay in executing the court decision is not in the best interest of the child (for example, damage to health).

    Once the decision takes effect, the new adopting parents are granted parental rights and legal responsibility for the child.

    Adopting parents must attend the hearing.  In cases where one of the parents cannot be present at the hearing (e.g. major surgery, disability etc.), a judge may permit one parent to provide a power of attorney for the other parent.

    OBTAINING THE POST-ADOPTION BIRTH CERTIFICATE AND A TRAVEL DOCUMENT

     

    The Civil Status Registration Office issues a post-adoption certificate of birth for an adopted child based on the final court decree and the original (pre-adoption) birth certificate.

    Once the post-adoption birth certificate is obtained, parents may apply for a passport for their child at the Office of Visas and Registration.

    ADOPTION PROCEDURE DESCRIPTION

     

    The procedure for adoption of orphans who live in Ukraine by foreigners takes approximately 50-70 days. If a child is not selected during the first appointment, then the family should expect to add one another week to their stay as families can only obtain one appointment per week. Families are allowed up to three appointments to review and select a child for adoption. After the third and final appointment the family’s dossier will be returned to them.

    Please note that sometimes there are delays in the finalization process in Ukraine due to national and U.S. holidays, officials on vacations and this can significantly slow down the in-country process.

     

    The procedure for adoption consists of the following steps:

     

    1. Collection of documents in the country of residence.
    2. Registration with the DFC.
    3. Submission of documents to the DFC.
    4. Registration of candidates for adopters. Within 10 working days from receipt of application the Ministry reviews the documents;determines applicants’ adoption intentions and attitude to the child upbringing; prepares an act on living conditions of the applicants;considers the applicants’ ability to adopt a child;issues a corresponding approval.
    5. Receiving an invitation for an interview at the DFC.
    6. Interview at the DFC, where the candidates are provided with the following information about each child available for adoption: photo, name, age, current living and care arrangements (without indication of name and location of the institution), existence of siblings, their age and arrangements, the child’s special needs (if any).
    7. Receiving referral in order to get acquainted and establish contact with the child. If the candidates wish to meet one of the children, the Ministry issues a referral, which is valid during 10 days from the date of issuance.
    8. Meeting the child at the place of residence. During the personal meeting a representative of the Ministry and representative(s) of the child care institution where the child lives should be present. The candidates review the child’s personal file, medical certificate, receive information about such child’s life, peculiarities of child’s development, behavior, character and recommendations with regard to communication with the child and his/her care. After the first meeting the candidates have the right for further everyday meetings for the duration of the term of referral.
    9. Submission to the Office of Children's Service application for the adoption of a child. After meeting the child, the candidates may apply to the Ministry to adopt this child. The application should be in Ukrainian, with indication of full names and place of residence of the candidates, as well as full name, age and current place of residence of the child (institution), and should be supported by other documents, filed by the institution where the child lives.
    10. Receiving from the Office of Children's Service conclusion on whether the adoption is relevant and meets the best interests of the child.
    11. Submission of documents to the DFC for receiving Approval for the adoption.Within 10 working days from receipt of the second application the DFC ascertains if the child agrees to adoption;drafts conclusion on appropriateness of adoption and its correspondence to the child’s interests. The child’s consent for adoption is given in oral or in written form, depending on the child’s age and state of health. The representative of the Ministry confirms the child’s consent for adoption and explains to him/her its consequences. If the child’s age or state of health does not allow the child to realize the fact of adoption, it is performed without his/her consent. Note that the candidates should appear personally to obtain the final resolution within a month since filing their second application, and file an application on adoption with the court (see step 13) within a month from obtaining such resolution, otherwise it is considered that they refused from adoption.
    12. Receiving from the DFC Approval for the adoption.
    13. Submission of the application and documents to the court. The candidates personally file an application on adoption with the court at the child’s place of residence. A court hearing of adoption case is held, and if all requirements for future successful child upbringing and development are fulfilled, the adoption right is awarded.
    14. Receiving a court decree on adoption. Adoption is considered to be granted since entering into force of the court decree.
    15. The adopting parents personally take the child. The adopting parents may personally take physical custody of the child ten (10) days after the court decision enters into force
    16. Registration of a new birth certificate at the Civil Status Registration Office. On the basis of the court decision, and the child’s old birth certificate, the Civil Status Registration Office issues an adoption certificate and a new birth certificate.
    17. Registration of travel documents.
    18. Registration of the adopted child with the Consulate or Embassy of Ukraine in the country of residence.

    Ukrainian law states that foreign citizens who wish to adopt Ukrainian children must submit a petition to the Adoption Center, requesting to be registered as prospective adoptive parents and to be permitted to visit orphanages in order to select, meet and establish contact with an orphan. The following documents must be part of the petition:

    1. A petition, requesting to be registered as prospective adoptive parents and to be permitted to visit orphanages in order to select, meet and establish contact with an orphan. A petition (notarized) must contain names of the spouses, country of residence, contact information, number and age of children you want to adopt; this application should be filed personally or via representative.

    2. Four (4) copies of passport or other identification document.

    3. Three  original home studies – Certificate of completed home study, issued by a competent authority in the prospective adoptive parents' country.  If completed by a non-governmental entity, a copy of the license authorizing this entity to conduct home studies must be included.  As of August 6, 2014 the families should include three certified and apostilled copies of the home study. The home study should include the following:

    Home address, living conditions (number of bedrooms, living space and conditions for the adopted child), biographic information of the parents, household members (number of persons residing in the same household and their relation to the adoptive parent, number of biological children, if any); adoptive parents’ approach towards adoption.

    The home study must also include recommendations regarding the number, age and health condition of the children that can be adopted by the prospective adoptive parents.  Specific special needs and health problems should listed in case the family is approved for adoption of a special needs child, who has one of the health problems listed in the Ministry of Health Protection list and when adopting a child under five.  The current list of these health problems is available at:http://zakon1.rada.gov.ua/laws/show/z0352-12#n16 in Ukrainian, while the English version is posted at:http://photos.state.gov/libraries/ukraine/895/pdf/ list_of_health_problems_eng_march2012.pdf (PDF, 183 KB).  This list came into effect on March 2, 2012.

    4. A permit from a competent authorityfor the child’s immigration and permanent residence, issued by the country of permanent residence of adoptive parents, except for Ukrainian citizens who reside abroad and foreign citizens with whom Ukraine has visa-free regime (U.S. citizens can use Form I-171H, Notice of Approval of Advance Processing (I-600A application).

    5. Registration commitment (two notarized copies), addressed to the Ministry for Social policy and General Consulate or the Embassy of Ukraine:

    The prospective adoptive parents must commit, in writing, to register their child with the Ukrainian Embassy or Consulate in the United States within one month of the completion of the adoption.  The parents also agree to complete the post-adoption progress reports.  This document must be prepared in duplicate and should include the following commitments:  

    • to register the adopted child with the respective Consulate or Embassy of Ukraine (indicating the name and full address of the Consulate/Embassy);
    • to provide the adopted child with the opportunity to keep their Ukrainian citizenship until 18 years old;
    • to submit annual reports on the adopted child to the Consulate or Embassy of Ukraine at least once a year for the first three years after the adoption and once every three years afterwards, until the child's 18th birthday;
    • to provide an opportunity to the representatives of the Consulate/Embassy of Ukraine to communicate with the adopted child;
    • To inform the Consulate/Embassy of Ukraine bout any change of address of the adopted child;
    • NEW (as of August 6, 2014): In case of re-adoption or transfer of an adopted child to another foreign family, or institutions for the children deprived of parental care, or separation from the family by law enforcement or social services, the family must inform the respective Consulate/Embassy of Ukraine within 20 days of the incident;
    • NEW (as of August 6, 2014): Immediately ( but not later than three days) inform the Consulate/Embassy of Ukraine about any violation of the adopted child’s rights and/or interests or accidents and death of an adopted child;
    • NEW (as of August 6, 2014): Commitment should include the applicants’ full address, passport data, phone number and email addresses.

    6. If only one parent of the couple is an applicant, a notarized consent for adoption from non-adopting parent is needed.

    7. Income (salary) certificates for the last 6 months or copies of income declarations for the previous calendar year, certified by notary or issuing authority.

    8. Notarized copy of marriage certificate registered with the relevant authority (two copies).

    9. Health certificate for each of applicants. This specific medical form(download) must be completed. Although the form instructs parents to visit eight separate specialists, the parents may simply visit their family doctor.  The doctor must complete the form in its entirety.  The doctor must also include an official and authenticated statement that the parents are not drug addicts, and that they do not have syphilis or HIV/AIDS.

    10. Certificate on absence of convictions for each parent issued by the relevant authority.

    11. Notarized copy of title document for ownership or accommodation right for living premises, with indication of total and living area and number of bedrooms.

    12. Notarized written consent from prospective parents for disclosure of their information by the Secretariat General of the Interpol and by the law-enforcement authorities from the countries of their citizenship and residence. The English version of the form is available here: (download)

    13. Three copies  of notarized consent from each adoptive parent to receive and process their own personal data, as well as their adopted children’s information in all competent authorities of their country of residence, until the adopted child turns 18.

    14. Information from a competent authority of the applicant’s country of residence and from a Consulate/Embassy of Ukraine attesting to timely filing of post-adoption reports for previously adopted children and absence of the facts regarding inappropriate execution of parental rights on behalf of the adoptive aprents (two separate documents are required).

    NOTE: The DFC will not accept any notarized statements in place of W-2 forms or other proof of income, nor will they accept notarized statements or affidavits instead of the documents confirming property rights.  On the date of submission of your documents to the DFC, they should remain valid for at least six months.  Documents are valid for 12 months from the date of issuance or notarization, except for the I-171H form, which is valid for 18 months.  If an original document is retained by the issuing authority (which should be indicated in the document), a notarized copy can be submitted.Additional documents may be requested. 

    The above mentioned documents are prepared in the applicants’ country of residence and are legalized or certified by Apostille (except for copies of passport or other ID) and are filed together with notarized Ukrainian translations thereof.

    We provide International services and consultations in order to advise families throughout the entire adoption process so that families can maximally easy and fast move through Ukrainian procedures of adoption. Our commission is comprehensive and covers the following consulting services:

    • Experienced advice on the documentation required and how to prepare it.
    • Advising on preparation and processing of Ukrainian adoption documents that the family must submit.
    • Education and information in order to help with your preparation for the Ukrainian referral meeting on adoption at the SDA.
    • Assistance in trips organization and accommodation in Ukraine.
    • Interpreting and translation services in Ukraine.
    • Assistance in solving the problem, if necessary.
    • Responsive support and guidance during your adoption process.

    The cost for regular consulting services is charged for a fixed fee of 2,500$

    The cost of the adoption program in Ukraine is 8000$ and includes:

    • meeting at the airport;
    • transport;
    • translation of the dossier;
    • lawyer, legal support, preparation and submission of documents to DFS, court hearings;
    • professional translation, notarial certification and legalization of documents;
    • birth certificate and international passport;
    • court expenses, donation to the boarding school;
    • visa fees at the US Embassy;
    • all medical examinations.

    The cost of the program does not include:

    your country's expenses and air tickets, immigration, customs and other duties, your personal accommodation and meals.

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    “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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