Why Adopt From Ukraine?
The Great Need for Adoption in Ukraine.
Since Ukraine gained independence in 1991, there has been a noticeable decline in economic stability. The standard of living in Ukraine has decreased dramatically and an increasing number of families are living in extreme poverty; inability to access proper nutrition and healthcare has greatly contributed to the growing number of children in need of families. It is estimated that there are over 100,000 orphans in Ukraine, most living within the approximately 450 government run orphanages.
At approximately 16 years old, an age when most American children are still in high school, children in Ukraine age out of care. 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. 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. Though Ukraine is making strides to place children in families within their own country, many times older children, sibling groups, and children with special needs are overlooked. They are supportive of these children finding families through intercountry adoption.
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.
The Ukraine adoption process begins approximately three days after the family’s dossier arrives in Ukraine, with home study and dossier preparation taking upwards of six months. Families will receive an invitation to travel approximately two months after dossier submission, with travel expected to occur approximately one month later. Once a referral is accepted, the legal adoption process typically takes four to eight weeks to complete. The entire adoption process can usually be completed in nine to twelve months, but please note that time frames may vary on a case-by-case basis and are subject to change.
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. Both parents must travel initially, but one parent may be allowed to travel home before the process is complete; this is at the discretion of the Ukrainian judge.
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.