Adoption Requirements

REQUIREMENTS FOR ADOPTIVE FAMILIES
Must be found eligible to adopt in the U.S. (through a home study by a licensed adoption agency)
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
Plan to be in Ukraine for 5-7 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 10-14 days, and at least one parent returns to Ukraine for 1 – 2 weeks to finish adoption.
• Have enough funding available at time of travel.
FAMILIES MUST MEET THE USCIS REQUIREMENTS FOR ADOPTION:
Financial Requirement – To meet the requirements of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), you must have an income equal to or greater than 125% of the poverty level of a household (based on the number living in your home). See table below.
Size of Family Poverty Level Income 125% of Poverty income

Size of Family Poverty Level Income 125% of Poverty income

1

$10,830

$13,538

2

$14,570

$18,213

3

$18,310

$22,888

4

$22,050

$27,563

5

$25,790

$32,238

6

$29,530

$36,913

7

$33,270

$41,588

8 $37,010 $46,263

CITIZENS OF FOREIGN COUNTRIES MAY ADOPT ONLY THOSE UKRAINIAN CHILDREN WHO:
Are qualified for adoption;
5 years of age and older; have been registered with the DFA for one year without any Ukrainian family coming forward to adopt them or become their guardians
If younger than 5 suffer from a disease (according to the list of diseases issued by the Ministry of Health Protection); in this case, the child may be younger than 5 and one-year waiting requirement may be waived due to the list of diseases which give the right to adopt sick children without a waiting period of being on the list of registration in the DFA.
the list of diseases, if children are not on this list they are not able to be adopted till age 5+
Orphanages are responsible for providing full and complete data on children available for adoption to the local offices of the Children’s Service in a timely manner. The local office of the Children’s Services creates a file for each child available and qualified for adoption and prepares an application that contains basic information about the child and his/her photo. The file of the child is sent to DFA and then DFA’s officials put the information on the child into the database of children available for adoption. The information on the child should remain in a closed database for 1 year (if there are no serious health problems) and will be available for national adoption only.
Children, who, in accordance with list of diseases of the Ministry of Health Protection, are found to have certain health conditions, are not subject to the 1 year waiting period and will be available for international adoptions immediately.

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