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DISCLAIMER: THIS ADOPTION INFORMATION IS BASED ON THE LATEST GUIDANCE THE EMBASSY HAS RECEIVED FROM THE NATIONAL ADOPTION CENTER OF UKRAINE (NAC). IT IS PROVIDED FOR GENERAL INFORMATION ONLY. QUESTIONS INVOLVING INTERPRETATION OF SPECIFIC UKRAINIAN ADOPTION LAWS SHOULD BE ADDRESSED TO FOREIGN LEGAL COUNSEL OR YOUR ADOPTION SERVICE PROVIDER.

PLEASE NOTE : Even though we communicate regularly with officials of the National Adoption Center of Ukraine, they do not always notify the U.S. Embassy in advance of changes in Ukrainian laws or the Center’s procedures. Sometimes the first notice we get of a change is when it is reported to us by adopting parents or their representatives. Please help us help you - if you receive information that contradicts what we have posted, let us know . We will then follow up with Ukrainian adoption authorities and update our information, as appropriate, for the benefit of the entire adoption community. We appreciate your help.


GENERAL : The following is a guide for U.S. citizens who plan to adopt a child in Ukraine and apply for an immigrant visa for the child to come to the United States. This process involves complex foreign and U.S. legal requirements. U.S. consular officers review each case carefully to ensure that the legal requirements of both countries have been met, for the protection of the prospective adopting parent(s), the biological parents(s) and the child. Interested U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to contact U.S. consular officials in Ukraine before formalizing an adoption agreement to ensure that appropriate procedures have been followed, which will make it possible for the Embassy to issue a U.S. immigrant visa for the child.

Credits: U.S. Department of State

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