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With a population of over 50 million people, Ukraine is the largest of the former Soviet Republics. An area rich in history, the inventions of ancient Ukrainians are still contributing to the modern world – the first time man went horseback riding happened there about 6,000 years ago, about which time trousers were also invented in Ukraine. The oldest known map (dating to about 10,000 B.C.) in the world was also discovered in Ukraine. More recently, Ukraine received international notoriety when a nuclear reactor at Chernobyl experienced a meltdown.

Today, many parents are choosing to adopt internationally from Ukraine: In 2002, 1,106 children from Ukraine were adopted by Americans. There is only one legal adoption agency in Ukraine – the government-operated National Adoption Center in the capital city of Kiev. The Adoption Center is the only organization which may legally show photos or files of available children and help you identify a child for adoption. According to Ukrainian law, a child must be at least 14 months old before international adoption is allowed. The children available for international adoption in Ukraine live in orphanages.

Credits: The International Adoption Guidebook, Mary M. Strickert

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