Age, Marriage and Income Requirements for Adoption Candidates.

  • Age Requirements: Under a Ukrainian law of April 24, 2008, prospective adoptive parents must be at least 21 years old, and at least 15 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.
  • No preference for number of years married; must be married to adopt from the Ukraine. (Only traditional marriage relationships are recognized in Ukraine.)
  • No limit on size of your current family
  • Income Requirements: Prospective adoptive parents are required to submit documentation identifying their income/financial standing on last 6 months or Federal Tax Return for for the previous year. Ukraine uses the U.S. Health and Human Services Poverty Guidelines as a standard requirement for all immigrants from Ukraine, as well as for prospective adoptive parents adopting children from Ukraine. 
  • Must be found eligible to adopt in the U.S. (through a home study by a licensed adoption agency)
  • Plan to be in Ukraine for 7-10 weeks (if you plan to do it one trip) and both parents must be present first 2-3 weeks. If you choose to complete the adoption in two trips, plan to be in Ukraine (both parents) for 2-3 weeks, return home for 30 days, and at least one parent returns to Ukraine for 1 – 2 weeks to finish adoption.

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