Ukraine Adoption Program
Building Blocks Adoption Service, Inc.: An Ukrainian Adoption Agency
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FAQ for adoption in the Ukraine
Building Blocks Adoption has one of the best Ukraine International Adoption programs in the US. Our facilitator is a caring Christian, who is responsible, ethical and extremely well organized. Our facilitator is extremely well connected and has an awesome relationship with the officials and orphanages. Our families have nothing but encouraging positive words to say about their experience in Ukraine.
Adoptions in the Ukraine are processing very quickly. If you are looking to adopt and would like to make it happen soon, you may want to consider adopting from the Ukraine!!!
Some of the exciting features for families looking into Ukraine international adoptions are:
1. Typically quick travel to Ukraine after paperwork submission in the SDA
2. You are able to travel to Ukraine to meet your child and see them in person before making any decisions to adopt
3. While meeting your child, you are also able to speak with the caretakers/orphanage director to ask questions
4. One trip to Ukraine is all that is required to complete your adoption and bring your child home
5. There are many children available for adoption in the Ukraine
6. For families that would like to adopt a Caucasian child, the children in the Ukraine are Caucasian
7. Ukraine is a beautiful country rich in history and culture!
8. NO Foreign program fees are paid until you travel and are matched with a child.
Ukraine International Adoption Program Information
• Ukraine is
a Hague country. This means a Hague agency is
required and no there are no limitations on the home study or placement agencies.
• Our in-country Ukraine facilitator is the best and our families have a great adoption experience.
• Parents are able to adopt a child of the age and health condition they wanted.
• Parents do not receive a referral prior to travel; rather they travel to Ukraine and meet the children there.
• Post-adoption reports are prepared by the home study social worker once a year for three years, after that parents write a report once very three years until the child is 18.
• Total adoption timing could be as little as 8-12 months for the entire process.
Adoptive Parent Information
for Ukraine Adoptions
• Married couples only, Ukraine does not place Ukraine children with singles.
• Both parents must be at least 23 years-old.
• There must be no more than 45 years difference between the adopted child and the parents.
• There are no restrictions on prior divorces.
• There are no restrictions on the number of children already in the home.
Available Children Information: Ukrainian Adoption
• Families wishing to adopt one child from Ukraine must adopt a child 7 or older. Families interested in sibling groups of 2 or 3, need to be open to children 12 and under.
• Children are mostly Caucasian, European; children may be of Roma (Gypsy) heritage.
• Girls and boys are available and parents can state gender preference.
• Siblings are available for families that would like to adopt more than one child.
• Great reduction in program fees for more than one placement
• Children are available due to relinquishment, removal from parents, and abandonment.
Referral of Children for Ukrainian Adoptions
You will get a referral while in Ukraine at the State Department for Adoption and Children’s Rights Protection, usually on the second day after arrival. You will be offered one or more referral folders to review and make your choice. The SDA provides whatever referrals are available that day. You may have to request a second SDA meeting to seek additional referrals if needed. BBAS nor its coordinators have any control over the referrals offered by the SDA. Once the State Department for Adoption and Children’s Rights Protection issues permission for prospective parents to visit orphanages, parents may go and meet a child, check medical records and establish personal contact with the child. While meeting a child at the orphanage, you will be shown his/her medical history.
The referral may be from Kiev or another city in Ukraine (if in another city, you will travel the next day to the child’s city to meet him/her there). Families must be at least 90% sure they are interested in a referral before they travel to meet a child. It is best to decline all children than to see a child and never really be interested in the child. Medical information at the SDA is very scarce. You may have to ask for more info on the children when you are at the orphanage. Additional testing can be done at the local labs or back in Kiev. Any blood work that you may request is at your cost. Note: Not all children when referred will have complete medicals or blood work. If you are truly interested in a child, it is suggested that you have the child tested for HIV, Hep etc. If you turn down the referral, then you may get to go back to the SDA on this trip or you may have to return at a later date when a child of your criteria is available. All families must be prepared to return home without a referral of a child.
If a referral of a Ukraine child is accepted, then your court date should be scheduled within 3-5 days
After the court hearing, you will return to Kiev 2-10 days later. All regions at this time are imposing a 10 day appeal period. In which you cannot obtain the child's new birth certificate or gain custody of the child until the appeal period is completed.
If you arrive in Kiev very early in the morning, then you will have an appointment with an American doctor the same day. The next day you will have appointments at the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Following that, within the next two to three days, all Ukrainian documents will be translated into English. Translated documents must be notarized, then taken to U.S. Embassy in Kiev for your visa appointment. After all is completed in Kiev, another 1-3 days in Kiev is required to obtain your child’s U.S. Entry Visa. The next day you will be ready to return to the U.S.
Ukraine also offers a reduction in the program fee of the second child if you choose to adopt more than one child at a time.
Travel for Ukraine Adoptions
• Parents can choose to travel once or twice to Ukraine
• Both parents are required to meet the child and be at the court hearing. Then, both parents can come home, or one can come home and one stay in Ukraine. Expect approximately 4-5 weeks in country if choosing one trip and you accept your first referral. Time in country includes appointment for referral, traveling to meet children, court hearing, and full paperwork process to bring the child home with you.
• If parents choose two trips, first trip is about 10-12 days for both parents; second trip for one or both parents is less than one week in country. About 3-4 weeks between the two trips.
• Parents do not travel in groups. They travel at the invitation of SDA (Ukraine) officials.
Both parents must travel to Ukraine to finalize the adoption. Both parents traveling together helps parents to bond with each other and the adopted child. The The adoption experience can be difficult for both you and the adoptive child. It is recommended that both parents travel together to offer support throughout the process.
Some families choose to bring their other children with them on the trip. This can be a great experience for everyone, but please consider carefully whether your other children will be good travelers under these circumstances. Some factors to consider: child’s age, health and physical condition, emotional maturity, ability to tolerate foreign foods, new situations, and disruption of routine.
The Ukraine Adoption Process
Adoptive families are invited to attend an interview at the State Department for Adoption (SDA) in Kiev to personally receive referral information regarding children available for adoption in the Ukraine. Once a family’s dossier is approved by the SDA, they will receive an invitation for this interview.
During the interview at the SDA, families will be able to review photos and background information on the children available for adoption in the Ukraine at that time. After deciding on possible children, the family will then travel to an orphanage to meet the children. While the family will receive medical reports for the children from the SDA, the examination of a child by a western-trained physician can be arranged.
Once a family has found their forever child, our Ukrainian representatives will handle the rest of the adoption in the Ukraine. They will arrange for the court hearing and required official meetings, prepare the child’s case for the hearing, and handle post-adoption certificates for the U.S. Embassy visa interview.
Please note the above is meant as a general guideline; time frames and process are general and can change at anytime without notice.
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