Qualifications to Adopt From Ukraine

According to current Ukrainian government policies and practices and U.S. immigration laws, you must meet the following guidelines to qualify for a Ukraine adoption:

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:

Legally married heterosexual couples*:

  • in which at least one applicant is a U.S. citizen.
  • who are at least 25 years of age.
  • who are at least 15 years older than the oldest child to be adopted. **
  • If only one parent meets this requirement, it may be possible that this parent may proceed with the adoption. The second parent would adopt the child domestically upon finalization of the adoption in the Ukraine .

Applicants’ income must meet the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) requirements as specified in Form I-864P for 125% of the current Poverty Guideline:

All qualified applicants are permitted to adopt orphaned sibling groups, if available, or two unrelated children.

Ukraine is not party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Inter-country Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention).

**At this time, single applicants are not eligible to apply to Ukraine.

*If only one parent is 15 years older than the child, it may be possible that one parent may proceed with the adoption. Upon the finalization of the adoption in the Ukraine and arriving home, the second parent would need to adopt the child domestically in their state of residence. After the domestic adoption has been finalized in the US, the parents will need to apply for their child’s US Certificate of Citizenship.