Ukraine

Adopt from Ukraine International Adoption AgenciesWhy Adopt From Ukraine?

The Great Need for Adoption in Ukraine. In Ukraine, the future is bleak for a child in need that is not united with a forever family before he or she ages out of the orphanage system. At approximately 16 years old, an age where most American children are still in high school, children in Ukraine age out of care.

Statistically, 60% of the boys who age out of care turn to crime, 50% of the girls who age out of care to prostitution, and 10-15% commit suicide within the first year of aging out. Ukraine is making strides to place the children within their own country, but older children, sibling groups, and children with special needs who are in need of families are often overlooked.

Length of Process. The Ukrainian adoption process can be significantly faster as compared to other country programs, with many Ukranian adoptions being completed in less than a year’s time. Please note that Ukrainian law indicates families cannot pre-select a child.

Who Are the Children in Need of Families?

  • Children range in ages from six years to teens
  • Both boys and girls are in need of families; gender preference may be specified
  • Children are primarily of Caucasian descent
  • Sibling groups and children with special needs are in need of families
  • Children that are part of sibling groups and/or have special needs may be younger than six years
  • Children from Ukraine may need to be placed in families through international adoption due to economic hardship, lack of acceptance of unwed mothers and medical reasons where parents lack the financial resources to meet the needs of their biological children

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Who Can Adopt From Ukraine?

  • Married couples where both spouses are at least 25 years old
  • Additional stipulations to apply for an orphan visa may be determined by a family’s government if the family lives outside of the United States

How Long Does It Take to Complete the Adoption Process?

The Ukraine adoption process begins approximately three days after the family’s dossier arrives in Ukraine, with dossier preparation taking upwards to six months. It is expected that an adoption will be completed in six to twelve months after submission of dossier.

Please note that time frames may vary on a case-by-case basis and are subject to change.

What Travel is Required?

One trip to Ukraine for approximately four to eight weeks is required. However, two trips may be taken if preferred; each trip will be approximately two to three weeks.

Why Choose MLJ Adoptions to Adopt From Ukraine?

Experienced and Compassionate Team. Our MLJ Adoptions’ foreign and domestic teams are composed of a diverse group of professionals who are committed to supporting families before, during and after adoption. Families wishing to adopt from Ukraine will primarily work with Lydia Tarr, MLJ Adoptions’ Eastern European Program Director, was has assisted in placing over 130 Ukrainian children in loving, permanent homes, and Stacy Jacobs, Associate Program Director. Not only are our families working with adoption advocates, but also adoptive parents. Lydia is a mother of seven children, four of whom were adopted from Ukraine. Stacy is also a mother of four, one of whom was adopted from Guatemala.

Furthermore, MLJ Adoptions retains full-time licensed attorneys domestically who are well-versed in the international adoption process with understanding of Ukrainian law, as well as the U.S. federal laws and regulations related to international adoption and orphan visas. Our Ukrainian foreign supervised providers have over twenty years of experience in Ukrainian adoption.

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Country information is to be considered general information and subject to change. The information is based upon state, federal, foreign, and international law, as well as our own business policies.