The adoption of a child in Ukraine by foreigners

Cost of services

Cost of services:

from 5,000 UAH
Legal advice of adoption lawyer
from 15,000 UAH
Preparation of statement of claim for adoption
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What we offer

  • Collect and prepare a full package of documents in the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine for the registration of prospective adoptive parents.
  • Carry out translation and notarization of the documents issued in a foreign state.
  • Monitor and control the registration of adoptive parents.
  • Obtain an invitation to an interview at the Service of Children Affairs.
  • Organize a certified translator for the contact of adoptive parents with a child.
  • Submit a statement on desire to adopt a child to the Service of Children Affairs.
  • Submit documents for adoption to the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine.
  • Accompany the case in the court: write a lawsuit and attend the courtroom together with the candidates.
  • Register a new birth certificate and documents for the travel of a child abroad.
  • We assist in registration of the adopted child at a consular post of a foreign country and prepare a full package of documents for the submission to the court.

Content

Documents required for adoption of a child by a foreigner

List of documents
Permission for entry and future permanent residence of the adopted child
Certificate of ownership for the apartment or lease agreement
Marriage certificate of the foreigner

The general list of documents to be provided by the Client for the adoption of the child:

  • A copy of the document certifying the identity;
  • A Ukrainian residence permit;
  • A permission of the competent authority of the applicant’s country of residence (it can be the Service of Children Affairs or the State Migration Service) for the entry and future permanent residence of the adopted child (except for foreigners residing in the territory of the country with which Ukraine has a visa-free regime); 
  • Written consent of the second spouse for the adoption of the child (in case of adoption of the child by one of the spouses);
  • Statements on the size of salary or other income;
  • The marriage certificate;
  • A document confirming the right of ownership (or use) of the apartment;
  • Written consent of a foreigner to receive data about him/her from law enforcement agencies of foreign states and Interpol.

Documents which we can help to obtain (by separate agreement) for adopting from Ukraine:

  • The conclusion of the Service of Children Affairs at the place of residence (for foreigners who are permanently residing in Ukraine);
  • A conclusion on the health condition of the applicant;
  • A certificate of verification of the presence/absence of convictions;
  • The application for registration of the candidate as a future adopter;
  • A conclusion of the competent authority of the country of residence, confirming the possibility of the applicant for becoming adopters (including recommendations on the number, age and state of health of children that may be adopted);
  • A document confirming the applicant’s obligation to register the adopted child, provide the adopted child with the opportunity to keep his/her Ukrainian Citizenship until 18 years of age.

All Ukraine adoption requirements will be provided for You during the consultation process.

Service packages offers

Consultation
300 USD
  • Analysis of the Client's situation by a specialized lawyer
  • Explanation of the procedure and main nuances of adoption by foreigners in Ukraine - formation of understanding of the process at the Client
  • Providing a list of documents to be collected in the country of residence
  • Providing samples of some documents that must comply primarily with Ukrainian legislation
Road map
1000 USD
  • An in-depth analysis of the Clients' situation and a reasonable answer to the question: is it possible in their case to become adoptive parents in Ukraine?
  • Providing an extended written opinion with recommendations, if in the case of Clients following the recommendations they can become adoptive parents
  • Providing a list of documents to be collected in the country of residence
  • Providing samples of some documents that must comply primarily with Ukrainian legislation
  • Formation of a clear algorithm of actions for the adoption of a child from Ukraine
Support
from 4000 USD
  • Explanation of the procedure and main nuances of adoption of a child from Ukraine by foreigners
  • Providing a list of documents to be collected in the country of residence
  • Providing samples of some documents that must comply primarily with Ukrainian legislation
  • Help with translation of documents
  • Submission of documents to the relevant state bodies, including registration of candidates for adoption in the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine
  • Support of Clients in court during the adoption case, incl. providing an interpreter
  • Assistance in reissuing documents for a child
  • Providing advice on taking the child to the country of adoptive parents

What will you get a lawyer's consultation on adoption by a foreigner of a child in Ukraine?

Adoption of a child in Ukraine is a long and complicated process, which has many nuances. For a foreigner this procedure is even more difficult. If you are a foreigner who has decided to adopt a child in Ukraine and wants to clarify for yourself the procedure, please contact our specialists for an introductory consultation.

At this consultation you will learn:

  • What are the stages of the process of adopting a child in Ukraine by a foreigner;

  • Whether You have a chance to become an adoptive parent;

  • What are the terms and amounts to expect.

If You have more questions or You want a step-by-step algorithm of actions, order the "Road map". The lawyer will analyze your situation, and then answer these questions: 

  • Do you meet the requirements for foreigners who can adopt a child in Ukraine, and if not, what can you do to get the opportunity to adopt?

  • What list of documents will need to be prepared and how to properly execute them?

  • At what stages of the adoption of a child in Ukraine a foreigner does not need to be present in person, and on which it is obligatory?

  • What are the risks and pitfalls and how to avoid them?

In any case, if You order the service of legal support for the adoption of a child from Ukraine by a foreigner, the cost of consultations included in the price of the service.

We conduct consultations online, for example, through Zoom or WhatsApp, so you will not need to leave the country.

To determine the cost of non-resident adoption services, we must first analyze:

  • What documents the Client has;
  • What documents we should additionally obtain for the Client;
  • What documents shall be translated and certified by a notary;
  • The documents submission procedure (whether they will be submitted by the Client personally, by us or jointly);
  • Whether the Client needs additional services;
Whether the Client has made any official payments, such as a court fee.
We work in every city and town of Ukraine.

You can contact our lawyers in any way most convenient for you for adopting a child from Ukraine.

We can work remotely on the projects to save your time.

Why us

We coordinate documents with the ministry of social policy of ukraine.
We provide legal support and ensure coordination of the package of documents for adoption with the Ministry of Social Policy.
Control over the issuance of the permit documents by the state authorities
We monitor the readiness of the conclusions of the Service of Children Affairs and the Ministry of Social Policy, which allow to move the adoption process forward.
Legal support of the case
To minimize contact with the state authorities, our specialists communicate with all agencies themselves, which will save you time and efforts.

We are ready to help you!

Contact us by mail [email protected], by phone number +38 044 499 47 99or by filling out the form:

Information a foreigner needs to know about how to adopt a child from Ukraine

A person wishing to adopt a child must not be registered or treated in a psychoneurological or drug dispensary, as well as be convicted of crimes against life and health or under other articles of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

The list of individuals who are not allowed to adopt a child in Ukraine include:

  • Same-sex couples;
  • Persons recognized as limited in capacity and incapable;
  • Individuals that do not have permanent residence or permanent income;
  • Stateless persons or unmarried foreign citizens (except for the relatives of the child);
  • Individuals suffering from illnesses listed by the Ministry of Health or those who are in need for constant third-party care;
  • Individuals who abuse alcoholic beverages or narcotic drugs;
  • Persons deprived of parental rights in relation to another child, or who were adoptive parents, but the adoption was canceled or invalidated from their fault.

Answers to frequently asked questions

What are the age limits for adoptive parents and guardians?

The Family Code of Ukraine sets forth a number of criteria, norms and requirements for candidates for adoption. In particular, it states that the minimum age of an adopter must be 21 years (only if you are not a relative of the child). There is one more requirement to the age of the adopter: the child must be at least 15 years younger than the adopter.

Can a single person adopt a child?

Persons who are not married to each other cannot adopt the same child. If such persons live as a family - in common-law marriage, the court may approve the adoption of a child by them. If a child has only a mother, he/she csnnot be adopted by a man with whom his mother is not married. If the child has only a father, he/she cannot be adopted by a woman with whom he is not married. But if such persons live as a family, the court may approve the adoption of a child by them. If the child has only a mother or only a father, who in connection with the adoption loses legal ties with him, the adopter of the child may be a single man or a single woman.

Can I legally adopt an adult?

Yes, you can. In case of adoption of an adult, the age difference between an adoptive parent and an adoptee shall be no less than eighteen years.

What is the first step towards the adoption procedure for a foreigner

Collection of necessary documents: you must have passports and other valid documents from the list above.

What factors does the court take into account when deciding on the adoption of a child by a foreigner?

When considering cases related to adoption of children in Ukraine, the court must first and foremosе be guided by the interests of the child. 

Therefore, the court studies all the circumstances of significant importance, in particular: 

  • The health condition and financial situation of the adopter; 
  • The adopter’s marital status and living conditions; 
  • The adopter’s stance towards the child’s upbringing; 
  • The motives for the adoption. 


In addition, the child’s personality and health condition, as well as his/her relations with the potential adopter are taken into account.

How to adopt a spouse’s child ?

First of all, if a legal spouse wants to adopt a child (children) of the wife or husband from the first marriage, it is necessary to contact the Service of Children Affairs and get a conclusion on expediency of adoption. 

The list of documents that are required to obtain the adoption decision include:

  • The candidate’s application + copy of the passport;
  • A certificate from the placement of work on the salary or the declaration of income;
  • An application of the second spouse and the consent of the children;
  • A certificate from the polyclinic about the state of health of the child;
  • A document confirming the right of ownership of the apartment;
  • A conclusion on the health condition of the applicant;
  • A document confirming that the adopter is not deprived of parental rights;
  • A copy of the birth certificate of the children;
  • A family composition certificate;
  • A certificate of no criminal conviction for the adopter;
  • A copy of the marriage certificate.

If you want to adopt a child from Ukraine and protect yourself against any legal troubles that may arise throughout the process - call us!

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