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Ukraine Adoption Program

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About the Ukraine Program

Not Accepting Applications
Non-Hague Convention Country

Ukraine is not a Hague accredited country but is a very stable and methodical program. Families interested in large sibling groups, or older children can see very short wait times.

Ukraine is a stable program well managed by the Ministry of Social Policy, Ukraine's Central Authority. IAN is partnering with Father's House in Ukraine. Their expertise and service has been around for over 20 years.

Parent Requirements


There are no residency requirements in Ukraine.


  • The U.S. Department of State requires Prospective Adoptive Parents (PAPs) to be U.S. citizens in order to immigrate a child the United States through the intercounty adoption process.
  • For married PAPs, only one parent must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Single adoptive parents must be U.S. citizens.

Age Requirements

  • PAPs must be 25 years of age or older.
  • PAPs must be at least 15 years older than the child they are adopting.

Marital Status

Married heterosexual who have been married for at least 2 years.


Families must meet income requirements as outlined by USCIS that the family must earn at least 125% of poverty level for the number of members in their family plus the adopted child(ren). The homestudy of the family must demonstrate the financial stability of the family.


Potential adoptive parents should not have been diagnosed with severe medical issues or have any previous mental health history.  They cannot have a history of drug use or experimentation.  If potential adoptive parents have any history of alcohol abuse, it must be five years or more since the last incident.


Ukraine has a no criminal history stance. Previous criminal history will be discussed on a case by case basis. If the PAPs have something on their criminal record, they must report it to IAN before IAN can approve their application.

Children In Need

Children become available for adoption in Ukraine for many reasons that are similar to the United States.  Children are removed from care due to abuse, neglect, deceased parents or have been given up because of an inability to care for them. The conditions of the orphanages in Ukraine have improved greatly over the years and typically meet the basic needs of the children.  Through IAN’s Ukraine program, there are two different tracks that can be explored for potential adoptive parents.

Younger Child Minor- Moderate Special Needs Track

These children range in age from 0-5 and all of them have minor to moderate or correctable special needs and have received additional testing coordinated by our facilitator.   These children have needs such as birth defects, diagnosis of epilepsy due to having one seizure from a high fever, varying degrees of hearing loss, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and heart issues to name a few.

Traditional Track (This Includes the Adoption of Host Children, Large Sibling Groups of All Ages, and Children Over the Age of Six)

This track focuses on large sibling groups of all ages and children between the ages of 6 and 15 years old. This track is the most popular and will be great for a family that is interested in multiple younger and older children! While IAN doesn’t have their own hosting program as of now, IAN is committed to helping families complete adoptions of their hosted children.  If you are currently in a hosting program and need a primary provider to complete the adoption, International Adoption Net will be able to help!

Adoption Process and Timeline

Timeframes will vary per adoption. The average can be from 18-24 months from starting your adoption journey to when you complete your adoption and bring your child home.


Choose an Adoption Agency

Choose an accredited Adoption Service Provider (ASP) who is licensed in Ukraine, such as IAN.


Apply to be found eligible to adopt

  • First complete an approved home study. You will have to hire an external agency if you do not reside in Colorado. IAN will be able to provide you recommendations. If you reside in Colorado, IAN will be your home study agency as well. (2-3 months)
  • After home study approval, apply for I600A U.S. Immigration approval. (3-4 months)
  • Complete dossier and receive I171H from USCIS
  • Dossier will be sent to Ukraine for Translation and to Petition for Adoption

Travel to Ukraine (1st Trip)

  • Family Receives Letter of Invitation from SDAPRC to Travel and Selects Child(ren)
  • Family Travels for Appointment to View Available Children
  • Family Selects Child(ren) and Travels to Orphanage to Meet Child(ren) and Begin Adoption

Court Approval (2nd Trip)

  • Court Date Scheduled
  • 2nd Trip to Ukraine for Court
  • 10 Days Later the Court Finalizes the Adoption Which Starts a 30 Day Waiting Period

3rd Trip to Ukraine

3rd Trip to Ukraine to Submit Final Adoption Papers to US Embassy for Child(ren)’s Visa, Medical Appointments, etc


Bring the child home to the U.S.

After you receive a Visa in the child's name, you will be able to bring the child home.


Post Adoption Visits and Reports

There is a requirement from India to submit Post Adoption reports at regular intervals. Visit "Post Adoption" to learn more.

Travel Requirements

The Ukraine adoption program has very quick time frames from the start of the adoption to completion and should only be considered by very motivated parents due to strict document timelines and deadlines.

Waiting Kid adoptions are typically completed within 10 – 12 months.  Potential adoptive parents are required to travel to Ukraine for a total of three trips throughout the process.  

The first trip typically lasts 4-7 days, the second trip 2-3 days and the final trip will last approximately 2 weeks.  

There is an option to travel as a single, married person. However, the process to adopt the child by the other spouse in the U.S. will be more costly and extensive.

Cost Estimates

It can vary from $25,000 to $40,000.

Not all the costs will necessarily apply and all fees can change at any time. To receive IAN's Ukraine fee agreement and schedule, click on "Contact a Coordinator" and fill out the contact form.

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Key Organizations

Father's House (
Ministry of Social Policy (


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