Country Update: Ukraine



Ukraine is OPEN to intercountry adoptions.






May 16, 2014 - Alert: Update on New Adoption Referrals for Ukraine

March 11, 2014 - Notice: Update on the Status of Intercountry Adoptions from Ukraine

July 14, 2011 - Alert: SDA Resumes Processing Adoptions in Ukraine

July 12, 2011 - Alert: Presidential Order Expected to Allow SDA to Continue Processing Adoptions in Ukraine.

July 6, 2011 - Notice: What Does Ukraine Require of the Adoptive Parents After the Adoption?




All of the information listed below is from the following source:

Ukraine Web Page, U.S. Department of State, Office of Children's Issues


Number of Adoptions to the U.S.

Fiscal Year Number
FY 2013 438
FY 2012 395
FY 2011 640
FY 2010 450
FY 2009 610
FY 2008 490
FY 2007 613
FY 2006 463
FY 2005 824
FY 2004 794

Hague Country: No


Central Authority: State Department for Adoptions and Protection of Rights of the Child (SDAPRC)



In addition to these U.S. requirements for adoptive parents, Ukraine also has the following requirements for adoptive parents:


Residency Requirements: There are no residency requirements for intercountry adoption from Ukraine.

Age Requirements: Under a Ukrainian law which came into effect on April 24, 2008, prospective adoptive parents must be at least 21 years old, and at least 15 years older, but not more than 45 years older than the adopted child. If only one of the adoptive parents complies with these age requirements, the adoption can be completed in the eligible parent's name only. If the child is being adopted by a relative, the age difference is not considered.

Marriage Requirements: Foreign citizens must be married in order to be eligible to adopt from Ukraine.

Income Requirements: While there are no specified income requirements, prospective adoptive parents are required to submit documentation identifying their income/financial standing.

Other Requirements: Please also see the section listing the documents required for an adoption from Ukraine. Note also the new homestudy requirements as of December 1, 2008, listed in that section.