AUTHENTICATION OF DOCUMENTS:
All U.S. documents submitted to the Ukrainian government/court must be authenticated (bare an Apostile). Ukraine is a party to the Hague Legalization Convention. Generally, U.S. civil records, such as birth, death, and marriage certificates, must bear the seal of the issuing office and an Apostile affixed by the state’s Secretary of State (an Apostile is a special letter attached to a document to certify that a notary’s signature which the document bares is true). Documents must be Apostiled in the state where they are issued. Tax returns, medical reports and police clearances should likewise be authenticated. Prospective adopting parents should contact the Secretary of State where documents originated from for instructions and fees for authenticating documents.
All documents to be used within the territory of Ukraine need to be translated to the Ukrainian language by a certified translator. Translator’s signature on the translation should be verified by the notary.