There are as many as 30,000 children living in state-run orphanages throughout the country. While many of these children are orphaned due to the death of their parents, a large number are social orphans, cast out to live on their own due to alcoholism, abandonment, or imprisonment of their parents.
AGCI has partnered with a dedicated Christian staff that is passionate about helping children find permanent families. Working in all 25 regions in Ukraine, our staff is well-trained in the adoption process and speaks fluent English, Russian, and Ukrainian. In addition they have an excellent reputation and working relationship with the Ministry of Social Policy in Ukraine.
The need in Ukraine is for families to adopt children with special needs. Children of all ages with more severe special needs are available for adoption. Those with minor special needs, or considered healthy are available over the age of 5 years old. Siblings are also available for adoption.
Home Study and Dossier Process – up to 6 months
Once contracted with AGCI, your next steps are to begin your dossier and home study. AGCI staff will assist your family in this paperwork process.
Translation and Registration Process – 2 to 4 weeks
After completion of your home study, it is sent to Ukraine for translation. Once translated, your home study is reviewed by staff at the SDA and then registered. After registration, you will receive an official review date.
Dossier Review/Invite to Travel – 2 to 6 months
Once you have received an official review date, the SDA will schedule your appointment date and time, and issue your family an invitation to travel.
First Trip and Referral Process – 2 to 3 weeks
Once in Ukraine, you will meet with the MSP to view information on available children. The information provided on each child will include one photo and basic medical history. Once a child is identified, you will receive an official referral and travel to the child’s orphanage to visit. At this time, you will have the opportunity to view further medical information and speak with the child’s pediatrician, if available. Once your family has decided to move forward with a child, you return to the U.S. and wait for a Court appointment (up to 30 days).
Second Trip and Court Process – 4 to 5 weeks
Both parents are required to travel for the Court hearing. After you accept a referral, all documentation is submitted to the local courts and you will wait for a court hearing to be scheduled. After your hearing, you will wait ten days for any appeals. The court decree is then issued and you can return to Kiev with your child for your Embassy visa appointment. After the court decree is issued, it takes one to two business days to obtain the child’s new birth certificate, and three to four business days to obtain the child’s passport, before you can return to Kiev with your child for your Embassy visa appointment.
Post-Adoption Process – 18 years
Once your child is home, Ukraine and AGCI require post-adoption visits and reports at 3, 6, and 12 months of the anniversary of the U.S. Embassy appointment date. Your child must also be registered with the Ukraine Consulate within 30 days of returning home. After the first year, annual family authored reports are required until your child is 18 years old.
Our story began with a hesitant, meek yes to God’s calling for our family. We had never really considered adoption. Through circumstances and earnest prayer, however, it became clear to us that this was the path God had chosen for us. What first began as steps of obedience undertaken with great fear and trepidation soon became a full-fledged pursuit of a dream planted in our hearts by God Almighty. Our days became focused on the quest to find the children that God had chosen for us and make them part of our family.
It didn’t take long to realize that international adoption is not for the faint of heart. While the ongoing challenges became an expected part of the process, the countless blessings we received along the way were completely unexpected. We assumed as we began our journey that God was using us to save orphaned children by giving them a home and a family. Little did we know how much these orphaned children would bless us in return. The truth is that they have saved us — from a life of mediocrity and routine, from a life lived without the absolutely humbling, awe-provoking thrill of knowing that you are doing what God created you to do.
It is our prayer that God’s blessing will cover and keep each and every waiting adoptive family in the days to come. We know He will continue to write more wonderful stories of faith, hope, and love in the lives of those families He has called to care for the world’s orphaned children.
Age of Parents
Parents 23 to 55 years old are welcome to adopt. Ukraine requires no more than a 45 year age difference between parent and child.
Couples married at least one year are welcome to adopt.
Permitted (maximum of two per spouse).
Children in Family
Families with children are welcome to adopt from Ukraine.
Families will have a positive net worth and an income of at least $10,000 per family member, including the adopted child.
All criminal history is reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Applicants can have no history of felonies and no more than two misdemeanors in their lifetime.
All medical conditions are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Applicants with a past or current diagnosis of a life-threatening or communicable disease or other condition that impairs their ability to parent and/or the quality of life of a child are ineligible.
Actual costs vary due to a variety of issues, including exchange rates and number of people traveling. The following breakdowns provide a typical range of expenses, with an overview of what is included in each category.
Application Fee $250
Initial assessment of your family’s information to assure that all country requirements can be met to complete an adoption in your chosen program.
Home Study Services $2,200
This is the education process where a licensed social worker will partner with your family to help prepare you for the challenges ahead as an adoptive parent. The social worker will also be learning about your family in order to prepare a document for inclusion in the dossier that explains to the courts how you will provide a stable environment and loving family for your child.
AGCI Adoption Services $6,000
Provides staff and services from AGCI throughout the adoption process, and for years to come through the post-adoption phase. Unlike many agencies, AGCI always welcomes your call.
USCIS and Related Fees $805-$890
Filing fees and related costs to file your documents with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service.
International Fees $10,500
Your dossier is a detailed collection of documents about your family. Many of these have to be notarized, certified, and authenticated. When your dossier is complete, we translate it and facilitate your adoption case in-country through our foreign service providers, the government agencies, and the courts.
Care of Child Fees $3,300
These fees provide care for your child in their birth country. Included is an orphan care fee that supports ongoing orphan care and payment for your child’s medical checkup.
Travel Costs $9,000 and up
One trip is required to Ukraine to be in the country six to eight weeks. Costs include airfare, transportation, food, lodging, a travel coordinator, and an immigrant visa for your child.
Post-Adoption Services $2,650 and up
These fees provide for the creation, administration, and translation of your post-adoption reports. Other post-adoption expenses include your re-adoption fee and ongoing medical insurance.
Families are eligible for the federal government Adoption Child Tax Credit in the year adoption is finalized. The 2011 credit is $13,170 for most adoptive families.