Embassy of Ukraine in the United States of America

16, Kyiv 22:33

Adoption of Ukrainian children

We express our sincere appreciation to the adopters for adopting a citizen of Ukraine and hope to find understanding on the need to comply with the legislation of Ukraine

Adoption of children in Ukraine

As of September 1, 2013, Ukraine is home for 91,718 orphans and children deprived of parental care. Among them:

- 75 742 (82.6 %) are raised in families of citizens of Ukraine (under guardianship or trusteeship, living in foster families and family-type orphanages) and cannot be adopted by foreigners;

- 23 849 children are registered with the Directorate of Family and Children at the Ministry for Social Policy of Ukraine as children who can be adopted including 11 123 who have been already placed in foster families and family-type orphanages. According to Ukrainian legislation such children may be adopted only by Ukrainian citizens and cannot be adopted by foreigners.

- 10 483 children – are available for adoption both by Ukrainian and foreign citizens. However, 60 % of them have siblings.

Here are age characteristics of children who can be adopted by foreigners:

9500 children at the age of 10+ years; 52 % of these children have siblings;

783 Children between 5 and 10 years old; 70 % of these children have siblings;

200 Children under the age of 5 (children with disabilities and/or special needs).

Every year the rate of international adoption in Ukraine is rapidly falling.

All orphans and children deprived of parental care under the age of 5 who are more or less healthy let alone those in the full of their health, are placing in families of Ukrainian citizens. Some 15 000 of such children are placed in Ukrainian families annually.

Each year Ukrainians are slowly changing their approach in realizing their potential as parents - to help orphans live in families. Ukrainians has begun to adopt not only infants but also children of school age. Reforms in the Ukrainian national legislation are carried out observing one of the basic principles of the UN Convention on the Children Rights – to ensure the best interests of a child.

Foreigners are focused mainly on the adoption of young healthy children. However, such children eligible for adoption by foreigners are almost absent in Ukraine.

Children under the age of 5 and those who are registered for less than one year with the central adoption authority are not eligible for adoption by foreigners, except for children with diseases that allow their adoption without complying with these terms and age requirements.

Each year the number of children adopted by foreigners decreases. During 2005 foreign nationals adopted 2 110 children in Ukraine, in 2012 – 806 children, and during 9 months of 2013 - 443 children were adopted.

By the end of 2013 it was expected no more than 600 international adoptions (the lowest number in the history of international adoption in Ukraine). In 2014 we predict further reduction of international adoptions.

Currently, 269 foreign candidates seeking to adopt a child are registered with the Directorate of Family and Children at the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine. Among them, 114 families wish to adopt a child over the age of 12 years (including 103 families from the United States) - they have a real chance to realize their intention to adopt a child in Ukraine.

A completely different situation will experience families (currently 86) seeking to adopt a child from 5 to 6 years old.

Some 30% of foreigners visit Ukraine with the purpose to adopt a 5 year old child.

To adopt a healthy 5-6 or even 7-8 year old child with no siblings is almost impossible in Ukraine. In 2012, 52 foreign candidates left Ukraine without a child. During 8 months of 2013, this figure is already 161.

As of today Ukraine welcomes foreign adoptive parents who wish to adopt:

- A child with disabilities, special needs or medical conditions;

- A child over 10 years old;                    

- A group of siblings (4-5 children) over the age of 8 years.

Consular Registration of Adopted Ukrainian Children

In accordance with Ukrainian Law, the Consular Office of the Embassy of Ukraine to the USA should include your child (children) adopted in Ukraine into the list of Ukrainian citizens permanently residing in the USA.

In order to complete an appropriate paperwork you must mail to the Consular Office the following documents:

1. Filled application (example);

2. Filled registration form (example);

3. Your child's (children's) original passport(s);

4. Your child's (children's) birth certificate(s);

5. The copy of the second and third pages of the US passport(s) of adoptive parents;

6. An original and a copy of the Ukrainian Court's Decree on adoption (in Ukrainian) and

7. 1 passport-size photo.

Please include a return self-addressed postage-paid envelope (for FedEx - account number is required; credit card number is not acceptable).

Failure to submit all required documents may result in a delayed registration.

In case you change your place of residence, you are also requested to inform the Consular Office.

Please be sure to send your child’s registration documents to the Consulate that has jurisdiction over the district of your residence:

Consular Office of the Embassy of Ukraine (States of Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia).
Address: 3350 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007
E-mail: adoption@ukremb.com
Phone: 202-349-2948

Consulate-General of Ukraine in New York (States of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont).
Address: 240 East 49 St, New York, NY 10017
E-mail: gc_usn@mfa.gov.ua

Consulate-General of Ukraine in Chicago (States of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin).
Address: 10 East Huron St, Chicago, IL 60611
E-mail: gc_usc@mfa.gov.ua

Consulate-General of Ukraine in San Francisco (States of Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada , New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming).
Address: 530 Bush St, suite 402, San Francisco, CA 94108-3623
E-mail: ukrainesf1@gmail.com

Annual Post-Placement Report on Adopted Child from Ukraine

The Ukrainian legislation requires adoptive parents to provide information about the adopted child's living conditions and educational progress to the Consular Office of the Embassy of Ukraine annually during the first three years following the adoption and once every three years thereafter, until the child's 18th birthday.

The Consular Office of the Embassy of Ukraine will be grateful for your detailed reports about adopted child's (children's) development and pictures of your family.

The form of annual report on adopted child from Ukraine you can find here.

All reports can be filed in English.

To facilitate communication, the reports can be forwarded via e-mail to: adoption@ukremb.com  (adoption.ukremb@gmail.com ) or can be sent by mail to the Consular Office of the Embassy of Ukraine at 3350 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007. All reports must be signed by parents.

We express our sincere appreciation to those parents, who adopted  Ukrainian child (children) and hope to find understanding on the need to comply with the legislation of Ukraine and complete all post-adoption requirements in a timely manner.


Consular Office of the Embassy of Ukraine
Chief: Yurii L. Tokar
Head of Consular Division
Address: 3350 M Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20007. View on map
Phone: + 1 (202) 349 2947
Fax: + 1 (202) 333 0817
Schedule:

09:00 – 18:00 – Monday-Friday

Boundaries of the consular district:

For all consular matters, residents of the following states and countries should contact the Consular Office of the Embassy of Ukraine: 

District of Columbia, and the states of: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida,  Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana,  Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina,  Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and  the United States Virgin Islands, as well as the countries of Antigua and Barbuda and Trinidad and Tobago. 


Consulate General of Ukraine in Chicago (USA)
Chief: Andriy Pravednyk
Consul General of Ukraine in Chicago
Address: 10 East Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611. View on map
Phone: (8 10 1312) 64 24 388
Fax: (8 10 1312) 642 43 85
Email: gc_usc@mfa.gov.ua, ukrchicago@sbcglobal.net
Website: http://chicago.mfa.gov.ua
Schedule:

Working hours: 08:00 – 17:00

Lunch hour: 12:30 – 13:30

Day off: Sat, Sun

Boundaries of the consular district:

For all consular matters, residents of the following list of states should contact the Consulate General of Ukraine in Chicago: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin.


Consulate General of Ukraine in San Francisco (USA)
Chief: Sergiy Aloshyn
Consul General of Ukraine in San Francisco
Address: 530 Bush Street, Suite 402, San Francisco, California, USA, 94108. View on map
Phone: +1 (415) 398 02 40, 398 51 21
Fax: (8 10 1415) 398 50 39
Email: gc_uss@mfa.gov.ua
Website: http://san-francisco.mfa.gov.ua
Schedule:

Working hours: 08:00 – 17:00

Lunch hour: 13:00 – 14:00

Day off: Sat, Sun

Boundaries of the consular district:

For all consular matters, residents of the following list of states should contact the Consulate General of Ukraine in San Francisco: Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming.

Notices:

Visiting hours: 9 a.m. -1 p.m

 


The Consulate General of Ukraine in New York (USA)
Chief: Igor Sybiga
Consul General of Ukraine in New York
Address: 240 East, 49th Street New York, NY 10017. View on map
Phone: +1 (212) 371-6965
Fax: +1 (212) 371 55 47
Email: gc_usn@mfa.gov.ua
Website: http://ny.mfa.gov.ua
Schedule:

Working hours: 09:00 – 18:00
Lunch hour: 13:00 – 14:00
Day off: Sat, Sun

Boundaries of the consular district:

For all consular matters, residents of the following list of states should contact the Consulate General of Ukraine in New York: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont.