Who Can Adopt from Ukraine?
- Married couples can adopt and do not have to be married for a specified amount of time.
- Parents must be at least 25 years of age.
- You must be able to spend 4-6 weeks in country; this may be split into two trips
- Additional stipulations may be determined by your government to apply for an orphan visa if you live outside of the United States.
Who are the Children in Ukraine that need Adoption?
- Children six years of age through school age children. Children that are part of sibling groups and/or have special needs may be available younger than 6 years old.
- Healthy children are available and adoptive parents are provided with a medical report. There have been instances of children returning with minor health problems and the adoptive parent must be educated regarding this risk.
- Children are living in Ukrainian orphanages, which are generally adequately staffed and receive appropriate attention. There are no guarantees regarding the previous care of an orphan from Ukraine.
- The children may not receive the proper nutrition by U.S. standards.
- Children’s ethnicity is typically Caucasian.
- Ukraine law indicates that you are not to preselect your child. However, Ukraine does allow for you to request a specific orphan if you met them during an exchange program or on a trip to an orphanage in Ukraine. There are no guarantees that you will be approved to adopt a specific child. The Ukrainian government selects your child for you after consulting with you and considering your requests.
Why adopt from Ukraine?
The Ukrainian adoption process is very quick. Most adoptions can be completed in less than a year.
Children that need families are aged six and over, many are part of a sibling group. We have placed over 120 Ukrainian children with their forever families, with the majority of those children over the age of eight.
The statistics for children that do not find their forever families are quite tragic. Children age out of the orphanage at around 16 years of age; of those children that do age out approximately 60% of the boys turn to crime, 50% of the girls to prostitution, and 10-15% commit suicide within the first year. Ukraine is making strides to place the children within their own country, but the older children are often overlooked.
Why use MLJ to adopt from Ukraine?
MLJ is Hague approved, bonded and licensed. Additionally both our domestic staff includes attorneys who are well versed in the international adoption process with full understanding of both Ukrainian law as well as the US Federal orphan code and visa regulations and our foreign staff includes over 20 years of experience in Ukrainian adoption. Employing the services of in house attorneys, means that everyone involved in your adoption process understanding the requirements to obtain an adoption decree in Ukraine. In addition, Lydia Tarr, our Ukrainian program director has completed 4 Ukrainian adoptions herself and has over 130 Ukrainian children she has helped to find forever families.
MLJ domestic staff travels to Ukraine at least once a year, to keep abreast of the latest information available and to keep the program running smoothly. We know firsthand that keeping up to date on the most current information available and staying personally involved in each of our programs makes our programs more efficient and is of vital importance.
Why choose MLJ? We strive to do our best for you during your adoption process and keep abreast of all the current issues. We are a team of committed professionals, many of which are adoptive parents that personally know what you are experiencing and can relate to your adoption journey. The staff at MLJ personally cares about families and orphans.
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.