AGCI is honored to advocate for the more than 30,000 orphans currently living in Ukrainian orphanages. We are blessed to partner with dedicated Christian staff who work tirelessly on behalf of these children. Our partner, Pavel, is passionate in helping children find permanent families. His heart for this comes out of his personal experience as an orphan.
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To learn more about adopting from Ukraine, please contact our Inquiry department at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-214-6719.
Orphans Needing Families
The following children are available
• Children with special needs
• Children of all ages with more severe special needs
• Children with minor special needs or considered healthy, over 5 years old
Thirty-thousand children are living in state-run orphanages in Ukraine. Many children are orphaned because their parents died or are in prison. However, a large number are social orphans, cast out to live on their own through alcoholism or abandonment.
Working in all 25 regions in Ukraine, our staff is well-trained in the adoption process and speak fluent English, Russian and Ukrainian. Their excellent reputation and working relationship with the Ministry of Social Policy in Ukraine help build this program.
Approximate time frame from application through finalization of an adoption is nine to 14 months.
Home Study and Dossier Process: Up to six months
Once contracted with AGCI, your next steps are to begin your dossier and home study. AGCI staff will assist your family in this paperwork process.
Translation and Registration Process: Two to four weeks
After completion of your home study, it is sent to Ukraine for translation. Once translated, your home study is reviewed by staff at the SDA and then registered. After registration, you will receive an official review date.
Dossier Review/Invite to Travel: Two to six months
Once you have received an official review date, the SDA will schedule your appointment date and time, and issue your family an invitation to travel.
First Trip and Referral Process Two to three weeks
Once in Ukraine, you will meet with the MSP to view information on available children. The information provided on each child will include one photo and basic medical history. Once a child is identified, you will receive an official referral and travel to the child’s orphanage to visit. At this time, you will have the opportunity to view further medical information and speak with the child’s pediatrician, if available. Once your family has decided to move forward with a child, you return to the U.S. and wait for a court appointment (up to 30 days).
Second Trip and Court Process: Four to five weeks
Both parents are required to travel for the court hearing. After you accept a referral, all documentation is submitted to the local courts and you will wait for a court hearing to be scheduled. After your hearing, you will wait 10 days for any appeals. The court decree is then issued and you can return to Kiev with your child for your Embassy visa appointment. After the court decree is issued, it takes one to two business days to obtain the child’s new birth certificate, and three to four business days to obtain the child’s passport, before you can return to Kiev with your child for your Embassy visa appointment.
Post-Adoption Process: 18 years
Once your child is home, Ukraine and AGCI require post-adoption visits and reports at three, six, and 12 months of the anniversary of the U.S. Embassy appointment date. Your child must also be registered with the Ukraine Consulate within 30 days of returning home. After the first year, annual family-authored reports are required until your child is 18 years old.
Please read the following requirements Ukraine has held in the past. There may be additional requirements when the Ministry of Social Policy announces their new procedures.
Age of Parents
Parents 23 to 55 years old are welcome to adopt. Ukraine requires no more than a 45-year age difference between parent and child.
Couples married at least one year are welcome to adopt.
Permitted (maximum of two per spouse).
Children in Family
Families with children are welcome to adopt from Ukraine.
Families will have a positive net worth and an income of at least $10,000 per family member, including the adopted child.
All criminal history is reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Applicants can have no history of felonies and no more than two misdemeanors in their lifetime.
All medical conditions are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Applicants with a past or current diagnosis of a life-threatening or communicable disease or other condition that impairs their ability to parent and/or the quality of life of a child are ineligible.
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