Who Can Adopt from Ukraine

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To bring an adopted child to the United States from Ukraine, you must be found eligible to adopt by the U.S. government. The U.S. government agency responsible for making this determination is the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

In addition to these U.S. requirements for adoptive parents, Ukraine also has the following requirements for adoptive parents:


There are no residency requirements for intercountry adoption from Ukraine.

Age of Adopting Parents

Under a Ukrainian law which came into effect on April 24, 2008, prospective adoptive parents must be at least 21 years old, and at least 15 years older, but not more than 45 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.


Foreign citizens must be married in order to be eligible to adopt from Ukraine.


While there are no specified income requirements, prospective adoptive parents are required to submit documentation identifying their income/financial standing.


Please also see the section listing the documents required for an adoption from Ukraine. Note also the new homestudy requirements as of December 1, 2008, listed in that section.

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