Ukraine

We Love Ukraine…

Our Ukraine program is composed of the most knowledgeable, reputable, experienced team in Ukraine!

How can we be sure? We are sure, because we personally traveled to Ukraine to interview and select like minded people who are highly committed and who share our love for children with the belief that every child’s birth right is to have a family.

The team we hand selected is honest and strives for excellence with every adoption they process.

Ukraine Adoption Timeline
1 – APPLICATION ~ 24 hours
  • Complete Full Application electronically
  • Pay Application and Contract fee after submitting the Full Application
2 – CONTRACT ~ 24 hours
  • Your Adoption Specialist will send you the contract by email
  • Read, sign and notarize the contract
  • Mail the original, signed, notarized contract to Grace International

Grace International Adoption Agency

70380 Hwy 21, Suite 2 #101
Covington, LA 70433

3 – HOME STUDY ~ 2 to 4 months
  • The home study is an assessment of the prospective adoptive parents to determine if they are suitable to adopt a child
  • This report is completed by a licensed social worker in the prospective adoptive parents home state
  • The home study is needed for:
  1. USCIS
  2. Dossier
  3. Court in the child’s birth country
  4. Grants
  5. Loans
4 – USCIS ~ 2 to 3 months

Applying For Immigration-

When you have an approved HS you can apply for Immigration

Ukraine Families will apply for Immigration with the I600a form

Your Adoption Specialist will assist you when filling out your immigration application.

USCIS is Responsible For:

  • Determining the eligibility and suitability of the Prospective Adoptive Parents (individuals) looking to adopt
  • Determining the eligibility of the child to immigrate to the United States

When adopting a child internationally two separate processes apply to children adopted by U.S. citizens

The country you choose to adopt from will determine the process you will adopt by-

USCIS will conduct an FBI background check on you, your spouse, and any household member of age 18 or older, a fingerprint appointment will be sent by mail after your immigration application has been submitted.

FBI back ground checks are a mandatory part of the process to immigrate your adopted child to the United States

USCIS Adoption Contact Information
The processing and adjudication of International Adoption Petitions is one of the top priorities for USCIS. The National Benefits Center (NBC) has dedicated teams available to assist you during this process. Our call centers are staffed Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time. Call 877-424-8374. This call center supports both the Hague and Non-Hague cases. In addition, USCIS at the National Benefits Center has dedicated e-mail boxes. The addresses are noted below.

Non Hague: If you have already filed a Form I-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative and/or a Form I-600A, Application for Advance Processing of Orphan Petition, and you have an emergency need to speak with the adoption officer, please send an e-mail to NBC.adoptions@dhs.gov.

Hague: If you have already filed a Form I-800, Petition to Classify Convention Adoptee as an Immediate Relative and/or a Form I-800A, Application for Determination of Suitability to Adopt a Child from a Convention Country, and you have an emergency need to speak with the adoption officer, please send an e-mail to NBC.Hague@dhs.gov.

5 – DOSSIER ~ 1month

The dossier (pronounced “doss-e-A”) is  a collection of documents that contain detailed information about you.

Each adoption country has requirements for the documents that are required that compose a dossier

Every document that is a part of the dossier will need to be notarized, certified and apostilled

  • Notary -completed by a notary public who swears the signatures on your documents are true. Each dossier document will be signed in front of a notary.
  • Certified – A copy of an original document that has been verified by a dated signature as an exact copy with the same information as the original document.
  • Apostille – A certificate issued by the Secretary of State in the state the document originated that proves the authenticity of a Notary’s signature and seal.

Example of dossier documents – This is not a full dossier but you get the idea…

  1. Adoption Agency Licenses
  2. Adoption petition
  3. Approved Home study
  4. Birth Certificates
  5. Divorce decree (if applicable)
  6. Employment verification
  7. Federal income tax return
  8. Financial information
  9. Form I-171H – USCIS Approval
  10. Hague Certificates
  11. Marriage Certificates
  12. Medicals for adopting parents
  13. Passport copies
  14. Photographs of your family, house, relatives and pets
  15. Post Placement Agreement
  16.  Power of Attorney
  17. Proof of home ownership (or rental agreement)
  18. Reference letters
  19. Results from you criminal background check

Please don’t worry…You will have an Adoption Specialist who will send you instructions, dossier templates and examples. She will help you with every document and question you have.

So, if you are NOT an extremely organized, detail oriented, obsessive-compulsive person, no worries… your Adoption Specialist IS and she will make sure your documents are perfect to avoid kickbacks and delays in your adoption.

Of course if you are an extremely organized, detail oriented, obsessive-compulsive person we might hire you as a future Adoption Specialist!

6 – PAPER BABY ~ 5 weeks

You have spent the last few months completing your home study, USCIS and dossier.

CONGRATULATIONS on a job well done!

Your dossier, aka Paper Baby is ready! Well almost…

A few more steps before a travel date-

  1. From your loving hands the dossier will be sent to ours.
  2. Grace reviews every document line by line one last time.
  3. Grace DHLs the dossier to Ukraine.
  4. The dossier is picked up by our Ukraine team from DHL.
  5. The dossier is translated and certified in Ukraine.
  6. Grace’s Ukraine team sets up an appointment at the Ministry of Social Policy for dossier submission.
  7. Dossier is submitted to the Ministry of Social Policy for review and approval. (Review time is 4 weeks)
7 – TRAVEL PREP ~ 1 - 3 weeks

CONGRATULATIONS!  The Ministry of Social Policy has invited you to travel.

Travel dates can be as quick as one week after we receive the appointment date but they average two to three weeks.

A few things to do before your flight-

  1. Your Adoption Specialist will email you the American Embassy guidelines for the I600 process that will take place the last week in Ukraine before you travel home with your child.
  2. Grace will send you your travel itinerary by email.
  3. Book your plane tickets on line or with the help of a travel agent.
  4. Send Grace your flight itinerary.  We need this so we can pick you up at the airport in Ukraine.
  5. Order your new condition US bills from the bank.
  6. The Grace Ukraine team will reserve your apartment in Kyiv.
  7. Your Adoption Specialist will schedule a conference call to answer any last minute questions you have and to go over the process in Ukraine.
  8. Grace will send you travel tips and packing lists.
  9. Pack –  Remember 2 carry-on and one checked bag that is 50lbs or less per person.
  10. Set up Skype and Viber so you can call us free of charge..Remember We Are With You Every Step of the Way!!
8 – TRAVEL ~ 26 hours

From JFK airport to Boryspil International Airport in Kiev will travel approximately 4,664 miles. Just enough time for a nap to help with jet lag…

As you travel we will –

  • Track your flights.
  • Watch for any texts from you if you have flight delays.
  • Be at the airport in Kyiv to pick you up.
  • Will be holding a sign with your name on it.
  • Will take you to your apartment.
  • Will call you with your Ministry appointment time after you are in your apartment.

Delays are common during travel, a driver will be at the airport to pick you up when you arrive even if it’s in the middle of the night.

9– MINISTRY APPOINTMENT

Department for Adoption and Protection of Children’s Rights (DAPCR) under the Ministry for Social Policy of Ukraine.

The Ministry appointment is where you will receive child profiles who are available for adoption.

As of December 1, 2008 the DAPCR allows three appointments to each adoptive family to look at the children’s files.

The referral process…

  • Families who are adopting from Ukraine are given a total of 3 appointments to look at children’s files.
  • Families are given 1 appointment at a time.
  • During the 1st appointment you will be shown the profiles (photographs) of available children who match as closely as possible to the type of child you are hoping to adopt. Age, gender, special need or no special need etc… There are usually 2 profiles to look at and choose from during your appointment.
  • The DAPCR will issue a letter of referral to allow you to visit an orphanage to meet and establish contact with a child, and check his or her medical records.
  • You will travel to the region and visit the orphanage the child lives in.
  • You will have 10 days to visit the child, review the medical information and decide if this is the child you want to adopt.

If you say…

– YES – you will sign papers and the court process starts (court averages 2 weeks after you say yes)

– NO – you will have appointment #2 with the DAPCR to look at different children who are available. The process starts over again up to 3 times.

10 – MEET YOUR CHILD

Everything you have done to prepare to adopt has lead you to this moment..meeting your child for the first time.

This is when you will recieve medical and social information from the orphanage Director and Doctor.  Any medical conditions your child has will be explained at this time. Families are encouraged to ask questions and take photos. Families are welcome to send medical information and photos to thier doctor in the United States.

Families can visit up to 10 days while making a decision to adopt. After a family consents to adopt, our team starts the paperwork for court.

 

11– COURT

Court;

Takes place in child’s birth city.

Typically scheduled 1 to 2 weeks after referral is accepted by adopting parents.

After adopting parents accept the child for adoption, the Grace adoption team will be very busy completing the necessary paperwork for the court hearing.

The SDA must give permission for the adoption to take place, this is called Interpol Clearance.

Court will only hear the adoption case after Interpol Clearance has been obtained.

Men-MUST wear a suit and tie

Women-Dress or Very nice pant suit. No sandals.

10 day waiting period;

The judges’ decision regarding an adoption can not go into effect for 10 days. In cases where the adopted child needs urgent medical care, judges will waive the 10 days putting their decision regarding adoption cases into effect immediately.  One parent can choose to remain in Ukraine after the court hearing if the 10 waiting period is not waived or both parents can travel home and return to pick up the child after the waiting period is up.(only one parent is required to pick up the child)

We encourage families to stay during the 10 days.  This is a wonderful time to bond and learn the eating, sleeping, bathing and playing habits of your child.

After the 10 day waiting period;

  • The court decree is issued on the 11th day after court hearing.
  • The pre-adoption birth certificate is changed for the new birth certificate.
  • The Vital Records Office will issue a post-adoption certificate of birth for the adopted child based on the final court decree and the original (pre-adoption) birth certificate only.
  • The Tax office will issue a new child social security number.
  • The Passport office will issue a Ukrainian passport.
  • Child medical is completed in Kiev for US Embassy appointment
  • The US Embassy will Issue the US Visa for your child to travel back to the United States

All of this is completed with the assistence of your Grace Team.

12 – TEN DAY WAITING

10 Day Waiting Period;

The judges’ decision regarding an adoption can not go into effect for 10 days. In cases where the adopted child needs urgent medical care, judges will waive the 10 days putting their decision regarding adoption cases into effect immediately.

  • Both Parents can remain in Ukraine during the 10 day waiting period.
  • One parent can remain in Ukraine during the 10 day waiting period.
  • Both parents can travel home during the 10 day waiting period and return to pick up the child after the waiting period is up.
  • One parent can travel back to Ukraine after the 10 day waiting period with a power of attorney from the other parent to complete the adoption.

We encourage families to stay during the 10 days. This is a wonderful time to bond and learn the eating, sleeping, bathing and playing habits of your child.

13 – US EMBASSY ~ 3 DAYS

US Embassy;

Adopting families travel back to Kiev from the region their child was adopted from.

Your adopted child will go to the US Embassy for a medical exam.  The medical exam is required before the child will be granted a visa to enter the United States.

Adopting families will attend two US Embassy appointments.

  • The first appointment is to submit all required documents and interview with the immigration officer.  Your child will attend the appointment.
  • The second appointment usually scheduled the next day is to pick up the passport with the visa inside.

After you have completed the US Embassy appointments its time to TRAVEL HOME!!!

14 – TRAVEL HOME

Boryspil International Airport to JFK is approximately 4,664 miles…We hope you are not counting on any sleep during this flight.

When you arrive to the airport remember to take a picture with the team under the Boryspil International Airport sign.

Request the bulk head on your flight if it available.  The extra leg room is priceless and will not actually cost anything more.

Please remember to let us know you have arrived home safely.

15 – POST ADOPTION REPORTS

Post Adoption Reports
Ukraine requires adoptive parents to supply information about the adopted child’s living conditions and educational progress to the Ukrainian consular office (located in the United States) annually during the first three years following the adoption and once every three years thereafter, until the child’s 18th birthday.

Grace Adoptions requires a photocopy of each report.

We strongly urge adoptive parents to comply with the post adoption requests of Ukraine and complete all post-adoption requirements in a timely manner.

Your cooperation will contribute to Ukrain’s history of positive experiences with American parents.

Adoptions in Ukraine…

As of July 2014 the United States made changes to the adoption laws for US citizens who are adopting Internationally. All parents adopting Internationally are required to use a Hague accredited adoption agency. This is a mandatory requirement. Ukraine is not a Hague country and Ukraine does not work directly with US adoption agencies.

So what does this mean for you as an adopting family?
It means you will have to follow the laws in both the United States and Ukraine.
Our Ukraine program is set up to do just that.

As a Hague accredited adoption agency Grace International will guide you through your home study, immigration and dossier process. We will help prepare for travel and every other detail that goes into your adoption. To ensure that our Ukraine program is the best and our families have successful adoptions once in Ukraine, we flew to Ukraine and set up a team of adoption professionals who are the most experienced, trustworthy, knowledgeable English speaking adoption specialists. Adoption is a complicated serious legal process in Ukraine. Our team works closely with the Ministry for Social Policy to ensure that all adoptions are processed legally.

Because of our solid team both domestically and internationally we have never had a failed adoption.

Issac 3 years old -1st child home from the Ukraine program in 2013. Medical diagnosis: heart anomaly corrected in the United States.  Thriving, Happy and Healthy!!

YES

Legally married heterosexual couples

U.S. citizen or one applicant is a U.S citizen

25 years of age or older

15 years older than the oldest child to be adopted

Above poverty guidelines

Big families welcome

Over 50 years of age no problem

NO

Physically unable to care for a child
Parental rights terminated
Parental foster care license removed or cancelled
History of mental health disorder
History of alcohol abuse
History of drug abuse
Lack of permanent residence
Absence of steady income
Income below poverty guideline
Single
Actively using antidepressant medication
Felony charge of any kind
History of child abuse
Married to a person with any of the above
Under 24 years old

CHILDREN

Incredible, Amazing, Funny, Sweet Children…that is who can be adopted.

Yes, Ukraine has laws that set the criteria for adoption.  Some of the special needs categories are surgically correctable conditions, some are not. We KNOW for sure that every child had a family somewhere and its our mission to find that family for each child who is waiting.

If you are interested in a child who has a special need and are not sure what the category means, please call us!  We are always happy to answer your questions.

Categories of Adoption Eligibility;

  1. Child must be legally classified as an orphan.
  2. Sibling Adoptions: Siblings who are eligible for international adoption and usually cannot be separated.
  3. Special Needs or Medical Conditions: Children with special needs who are under five years of age are eligible for International adoption.
  4. Healthy children over the and of 6 to 16 are available.
  5. Waiting Period:  A child must be registered for at least one year with the central adoption authority before he or she becomes eligible for international adoption. The exception is for children with special needs.
Travel Options

Theres are 3 options for your adoption travel.

The adoption takes place over a 4 to 6 week time frame.  The good new is families do not need to stay in Ukraine the entire time.

Families have 3 options to choose from…

Option #1: One trip

  • Average time in Ukraine is  a 4-6 week trip.
  • Both parents can stay the entire time or One parent can return to the United States after adoption court while the other parent stays in Ukraine to finalize the adoption, obtain the child’s immigration visa and travel with the child to the United States.
  • If one parent leaves after court, prior to leaving, he/she will have to sign power of attorney over to the parent who is staying in Ukraine.This is required for one parent to complete the US Embassy process in Ukraine and obtain the child’s immigration visa.

Option #2: Two trips

  • Trip #1  Averages 2-3 weeks.  Both parents attend the Ministry appointment, meet and accept thier child referral, attend adoption court and travel home the day after court.
  • Trip #2 Averages 1 week. Both parents travel back 2 weeks after they arrive home from trip #1 to finalize the adoption, obtain the child’s immigration visa and travel with the child to the United States. OR One parent travels back 2 weeks after they arrive home from trip #1 to finalize the adoption, obtain the child’s immigration visa and travel with the child to the United States.
  • If one parent travels back for trip #2 he/she will have to bring a power of attorney document signed from the parent who is staying in the US. This is required for one parent to complete the US Embassy process in Ukraine and obtain the child’s immigration visa.

Option #3: Three trips

  • Trip #1 Averages 1-2 weeks. Both parents attend the Ministry appointment, meet and accept thier child referral and travel home to wait for a court date. (Court is usually 2 weeks after you accepted the referral while on trip #1)
  • Trip #2 Averages 1 week.  Approximately 2 weeks after trip #1, both parents travel back to Ukraine for court then travel home after court.
  • Trip #3 Averages 1 week, Both parents OR one parent travels back 2 weeks after they arrive home from trip #1 to finalize the adoption, obtain the child’s immigration visa and travel with the child to the United States.
  • If one parent travels back for trip #2 he/she will have to bring a power of attorney document signed from the parent who is staying in the US. This is required for one parent to complete the US Embassy process in Ukraine and obtain the child’s immigration visa.
  • PLEASE NOTE We can not guarantee a 3 trip option, it depends on the region you are adopting from.
Child Referral Process in Ukraine

Your application for adoption has been approved and you have an appointment with the Department for Adoption and Protection of Children’s Rights (DAPCR) under the Ministry for Social Policy of Ukraine.

Ukraine does not permit pre-identification of children. The child identification process is done during adopting parents’ visit to Ukraine.

The DAPCR maintains the database of adoptable children who are available both Internationally and domestically in Ukraine.

As of December 1, 2008 the DAPCR allows three appointments to each adoptive family to look at the children’s files.

The referral process…

  • Families who are adopting from Ukraine are given a total of 3 appointments to look at children’s files.
  • Families are given 1 appointment at a time.
  • During the 1st appointment you will be shown the profiles (photographs) of available children who match as closely as possible to the type of child you are hoping to adopt.  Age, gender, special need or no special need etc… There are usually 2 profiles to look at and choose from during your appointment.
  • The DAPCR will issue a letter of referral to allow you to visit an orphanage to meet and establish contact with a child, and check his or her medical records.
  • You will travel to the region and visit the orphanage the child lives in.
  • You will have 10 days to visit the child, review the medical information and decide if this is the child you want to adopt.

If you say-

– YES – you will sign papers and the court process starts (court averages 2 weeks after you say yes)

– NO – you will have appointment #2 with the DAPCR to look at different children who are available. The process starts over again up to 3 times.

  • Remember…Grace International Adoption Agency has never had a failed adoption and it is very unusual for a family to attend 3 DAPCR appointments.

Connect With Us

Grace International Adoption Agency

Phone Number  941 400 6016

Physical Address  594 Asbury Drive, Mandeville, LA 70471, USA

Mailing Address 70380 Hwy 21, Suite 2 #101, Covington, LA 70433, USA

Skype Grace International Adoption Agency

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