The State Department on Adoption and Children’s Rights (SDA) is Ukraine’s new adoption authority. The SDA is processing domestic adoptions in July and August 2006. International adoption will start again in September 2006 with the 1,200 families who already have approved dossiers. New dossiers will be accepted for processing in January 2007. In 2011, U.S. citizens adopted approximately 640 children from Ukraine.
Unlike many other countries, Ukraine does not permit pre-identification of children. The child identification process is done during adopting parents’ visit to the country. In 2005, U.S. citizens adopted approximately 821 children from Ukraine. Children available for adoption include toddlers from 15 months of age, older and special needs children. These children reside in orphanages.