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Adoption of Ukrainian children
02 December 2019 12:14

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 by families that are 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 already been 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.

The numbers and ages of children who can be adopted by foreigners are:

  • 9,500 children aged 10 and older; 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).
  • The rate of international adoption in Ukraine has been rapidly falling every year.


All orphans and children deprived of parental care under the age of 5 who are more or less healthy, let alone those in full health, are placed with 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 as infants, but also children of school age. Reforms of Ukrainian national legislation reflect one of the basic principles of the UN Convention on Children Rights – to ensure the best interests of the child.

Foreigners are primarily focused on the adoption of young healthy children. However, there are almost no such children eligible for adoption by foreigners 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 enable 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 a 9 month period of 2013 - 443 children were adopted.

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

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

Families seeking to adopt a child between the ages of 5 to 6 will experience a completely different situation (currently 86).

Some 30% of foreigners visit Ukraine for the purpose of adopting 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 month period of 2013 this figure was 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 8 years of age.

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

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

1. Completed application (example);

2. Completed registration form (example);

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

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

5. A 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); 7. 1 passport-sized photo.

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

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

If you change your place of residence you are also required 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@gmail.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

Ukrainian legislation requires that 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 your adopted child's (children's) development, and photos of your family.

You can find the annual report form on adopted children from Ukraine here.

All reports can be filed in English.

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

We want to express our sincerest appreciation to those parents who have adopted a Ukrainian child (children).  We trust that you understand the need to comply with the applicable Ukrainian legislation, and complete all post-adoption requirements in a timely manner.

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