Embassy of Ukraine in the Republic of Singapore

, Kyiv 12:19

Adoption of children in Ukraine

General information

The adoption issues, including international, are regulated in Ukraine by the following legal acts:

  • Family Code of Ukraine; posted on the website of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine in Ukrainian language.
  • Procedure of the Adoption and supervision of the adopted children’s rights, approved by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine N 905 of October 8, 2008; posted on the website of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine in Ukrainian language.

The adoption of Ukrainian children is to be carried out only through the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine.

Address: 14 Desyatynna St, Kyiv, 01025, Ukraine
Tel.: (+38044) 278 52 32, 278 52 31, Fax: (044) 279-11-13

E-mail: dity@msms.gov.ua

Web-site: http://www.mlsp.gov.ua/

As of September 1, 2013, Ukraine is home for 91,718 orphans and children deprived of parental care. Among them:

- 75 742 (82.6 %) are raised in families of citizens of Ukraine (under guardianship or trusteeship, living in foster families and family-type orphanages) and cannot be adopted by foreigners;

- 23 849 children are registered with the Directorate of Family and Children at the Ministry for Social Policy of Ukraine as children who can be adopted including 11 123 who have been already placed in foster families and family-type orphanages. According to Ukrainian legislation such children may be adopted only by Ukrainian citizens and cannot be adopted by foreigners.

- 10 483 children – are available for adoption both by Ukrainian and foreign citizens. However, 60 % of them have siblings.

Here are age characteristics of children who can be adopted by foreigners:

9500 children at the age of 10+ years; 52 % of these children have siblings;

783 Children between 5 and 10 years old; 70 % of these children have siblings;

200 Children under the age of 5 (children with disabilities and/or special needs).

Every year the rate of international adoption in Ukraine is rapidly falling.

All orphans and children deprived of parental care under the age of 5 who are more or less healthy let alone those in the full of their health, are placing in families of Ukrainian citizens. Some 15 000 of such children are placed in Ukrainian families annually.

Each year Ukrainians are slowly changing their approach in realizing their potential as parents - to help orphans live in families. Ukrainians has begun to adopt not only infants but also children of school age. Reforms in the Ukrainian national legislation are carried out observing one of the basic principles of the UN Convention on the Children Rights – to ensure the best interests of a child.

Foreigners are focused mainly on the adoption of young healthy children. However, such children eligible for adoption by foreigners are almost absent in Ukraine.

Children under the age of 5 and those who are registered for less than one year with the central adoption authority are not eligible for adoption by foreigners, except for children with diseases that allow their adoption without complying with these terms and age requirements.

Each year the number of children adopted by foreigners decreases. During 2005 foreign nationals adopted 2 110 children in Ukraine, in 2012 – 806 children, and during 9 months of 2013 - 443 children were adopted.

By the end of 2013 it was expected no more than 600 international adoptions (the lowest number in the history of international adoption in Ukraine). In 2014 we predict further reduction of international adoptions.

Currently, 269 foreign candidates seeking to adopt a child are registered with the Directorate of Family and Children at the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine. Among them, 114 families wish to adopt a child over the age of 12 years (including 103 families from the United States) - they have a real chance to realize their intention to adopt a child in Ukraine.

A completely different situation will experience families (currently 86) seeking to adopt a child from 5 to 6 years old.

Some 30% of foreigners visit Ukraine with the purpose to adopt a 5 year old child.

To adopt a healthy 5-6 or even 7-8 year old child with no siblings is almost impossible in Ukraine. In 2012, 52 foreign candidates left Ukraine without a child. During 8 months of 2013, this figure is already 161.

As of today Ukraine welcomes foreign adoptive parents who wish to adopt:

- A child with disabilities, special needs or medical conditions;

- A child over 10 years old;                    

- A group of siblings (4-5 children) over the age of 8 years.

Adoption procedure

Adoption of a child shall be in his/her best interests and aimed at enabling stable environment and harmonious conditions of life for him/her.

Adoption is a separate institute of family law the primary goal of which is giving the possibility of comfortable upbringing in family conditions for orphans and children deprived of parental care. Adoption is a process whereby a person assumes the parenting for another and, in so doing, permanently transfers all rights and responsibilities from the biological parent or parents, and does so on the grounds of a respective court decision.

Intercountry adoption is a process whereby family relationships arise as a legal act and involve a  foreign citizen.

After adoption a child acquires same personal and property rights as own children of an adopter, and between them arise same rights and obligations as between natural relatives  (Article 232 of the Family Code of Ukraine).

 From the moment of adoption adopted children lose their personal and property rights and are exempt of obligations in respect to their biological parents and their relatives.

Intercountry adoption is possible in Ukraine with the participation of the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine only.

In accordance with Article 24 of the Law of  Ukraine “On children protection”,  a child   -  citizen of Ukraine may be adopted by foreigners, if all the possibilities of finding custodians, guardians, adopters or carers -  citizens of Ukraine for a child have been exhausted.

Any mediation, commercial activity related to adoption of children, their   handing over into custody, care or upbringing in a family of citizens   of Ukraine,   foreigners    or stateless persons shall be prohibited.

The procedure of adoption of an orphan child and a child deprived of parental care living in  Ukraine by foreigners  and citizens Ukraine  living abroad  consists in the following steps:

Gathering documents in the country of your residence.

Registration for submitting.

Submitting a set of documents to the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine.

Registration as prospective adopters.

Receiving an invitation for an interview for familiarization with information about children that can be adopted.

Interview at the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine. Familiarization with information about children that can be adopted.

Receiving a permit for meeting and establishing a contact with a child.

Meeting a child at the place of his/her living.

Submitting a declaration of intent to adopt a child to the Office of Children's Services.

Obtaining from the Office of Children's Services a conclusion on the expediency of adoption and whether it corresponds to a child’s interests.

Submitting  documents to the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine for obtaining a permission to  child adoption 

Obtaining an approval of the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine  of child adoption.

Submitting an application and documents to the court. Court proceedings as regards adoption.

Obtaining a court resolution regarding child adoption.

Obtaining a new Certificate of Birth of a child from a Civil Registry Office.

Handing over a child to adopter (s).

Issuing travel documents.

Consular registration of the adopted child in the country of residence.

Adoption of children by foreign citizens

In accordance with legislation Ukraine, a child - citizen of Ukraine  can be adopted by a  foreigner, if he/she is registered with the central authority of executive power competent in dealing with issues of  adoption and protection of children’s rights at least one year and is not under  five years of age.

A child may be adopted before the expiration of the above-mentioned term or before a child will attain five years of age in case of:

1) adopter is  a child’s relative;

2) a child suffers from a disease from the special list of diseases  approved by the Ministry of Healthcare (the Order of the Ministry of Healthcare of № 973 27.12.2011);

3) adoption of all  natural brothers and sisters to one family, if one of them is five years old and older and is registered with the  central authority of executive power competent in dealing with issues of  adoption and protection of children’s rights at least one year;

4) foreigners wish to adopt a child  who is brother/sister of  a child they have adopted before.

A child can be adopted by a foreigner, if there is no a citizen of Ukraine that would wish to adopt it or take into own family for care and upbringing.

A pre-emptive right to adoption of a child – citizen of Ukraine will have foreigners who are:

1) relatives of a child;

2) citizens of the countries  with which Ukraine has signed agreements for legal support.

A foreigner shall obtain a permit for adoption of a child from the central authority of executive power competent in dealing with issues of adoption and protection of children’s rights.

The central authority of executive power competent in dealing with issues of  adoption and protection of children’s rights  shall send an inquiry, according to the procedure established by the  Cabinet of Ministers of  Ukraine, to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of  Ukraine for checking  foreigners wishing to adopt a child  - citizen of Ukraine   regarding of availability or absence of compromising information  in law-enforcement authorities of other countries and the General Secretariat of Interpol.

Adoption by foreigners shall occur when a child is able to obtain all the rights in the scope not less than stipulated by laws of Ukraine.

The adopted child will remain a citizen of Ukraine till the age of eighteen.

The adopted child shall have the right to preserving his/her national identity in accordance with the Convention on children’s rights and other international agreements.

Adoption of a child - citizen of Ukraine by a person - citizen of the country with which Ukraine did not sign an agreement on legal support   shall not be secret, if in the country of residence of the adopter, where a child is going to live, adoption is not subject to secrecy.

Adoption of a child - citizen of Ukraine  by a person - citizen of the country with which Ukraine did not sign an agreement on legal support, if such person doesn’t live permanently in   Ukraine, is not subject to secrecy.

Adoption by a foreigner of a child who is a foreigner or stateless person shall be carried out in Ukraine in accordance with Ukrainian laws, unless otherwise stipulated by international agreements of  Ukraine.

If children are adopted by foreigners and reside abroad, a respective consular institution, under commission of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, shall keep the register of such children and exercise control of observance of their rights until they attain the age of eighteen.

The procedure of exercising control of observance of rights of children adopted by foreigners and residing abroad shall be established by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.

The following persons cannot be adopters:

In accordance with Article 212 of the Family Code of Ukraine, adopters cannot become those, who:

     1) are incapacitated;

     2) were declared legally incapable; and such    rights  have not been renewed;

     4) had been adopters (custodians,  carers, foster parents, houseparents) of another child, but such adoption has been cancelled or acknowledged to be invalid (custody,  care or activity of a  foster home or family-type children's home has been terminated) through their fault;

     5) are registered or admitted in a psychoneurologic or narcological dispensary;

     6) abuse alcohol or drugs;

     7) don’t have permanent place of residence and regular income;

     8) suffer from diseases, the list of which is approved by the Ministry of Healthcare of Ukraine;

     9) are foreigners who are not married to each other, unless one of foreigners is a relative of a child;

     10) have been condemned for crimes against life and health, will,  honour and dignity, sexual freedom and  sexual integrity of a person,   against  civil security,  civil   order and   morality; those related to traffic of drugs, psychotropic substances and their equivalents,  as well as crimes stipulated in  Articles 148,  150,  150-1,  164,  166, 167, 169, 181, 187, 324, 442 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, or those who have outstanding or not de-registered conviction  for other crimes;

     11)  require constant care and attendance;

     12) are stateless persons;

     13) are married to a person, who cannot become an adopter   in compliance  with clauses 3-6, 8 and 10 of the above-mentioned Article.

Besides the persons mentioned in the Clause 1 of this Article,  other persons, whose interests are inconsistent with the interests of  a child cannot become adopters.

Adoption of a child living in Ukraine

You are citizens of Ukraine living abroad or citizens of other countries and you would like to adopt a child living in  Ukraine

In accordance with the Procedure of adoption and supervision of observance of rights of adopted children approved by the Decree of the Cabinet of Ministers of  Ukraine N 905 of 8th October 2008

You shall start from gathering documents and compilation of a file for submitting it to the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine.

A file shall consist of the following documents:

an application for registration of  prospective adopters  attested by a Notary addressed to the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine;

a copy of a passport or other identification document  in three counterparts;

conclusion of a competent authority of the country of residence  confirming the ability of applicants of becoming adopters (in two counterparts). Such conclusion shall contain addresses, living conditions (how many bedrooms, facilities and conditions necessary for  a child), biographical information, family composition (number of persons living together with the applicant, degree of kinship ad whether they have their own  children), and the applicants’ attitude to  adoption. The conclusion shall also contain recommendations regarding to quantity, age and health of  children that may be adopted by applicants. Recommendations regarding health of a child shall be given, if applicants were recommended to adopt a disabled child suffering from a disease from the list approved by the Ministry of Healthcare giving the right to  adoption  without observing the period of the child registration in  в the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine  and adoption of children under five years of age.

If such conclusion is issued by a non-state authority, it shall be accompanied by a copy of the license to the right of carrying out activities related to adoption issued to such authority.

In case if foreigners living permanently in  the territory of Ukraine  as confirmed by  the residence permit  issued by a  MIA authority, such conclusion shall be given by the  Office of Children's Services of their place of residence; 

permit issued by a  competent authority  of the country of residence to applicants for entry and permanent residence of the adopted   child, except for citizens of Ukraine  living abroad  and foreigners  living  in  the territory of the country with which Ukraine has visa-free arrangements;

attested by a Notary applicant’s obligations (in two counterparts) to: 

register a child with an appropriate consular institution or diplomatic mission of  Ukraine (stating the name of the institution, its representative office, its address) within one month after the child arrived to the  country of residence;

secure the right of the adopted  child for preserving citizenship of Ukraine until the age of 18 years;

submit to the  consular institution or diplomatic mission of  Ukraine a report on living conditions and health of the adopted  child in the Form as given in Appendix 5 at least once a year within firth three years after  adoption, and after that term once in three years until the child attains eighteen years;

give a representative of a consular institution or diplomatic mission of  Ukraine the opportunity to communicate with a child;

notify a  consular institution of diplomatic mission of  Ukraine on change of the place of residence  of the adopted child.

Such document of assuming obligations  shall contain the address of the  applicant’s residence (should he/she have many, address of each of them shall be mentioned), his/her passport data, telephone number and e-mail.

a written consent of the  spouse of the applicant to  adoption of a child attested by a Notary (in case of adopting  a child by one of the spouses), unless otherwise stipulated by law;

a Certificate of Incomes for the last six months from the place of work or a copy of tax declaration for the previous calendar year  attested by the issuing authority or by a Notary;

a copy of Marriage Certificate registered with competent authorities of the country attested by a Notary (in two counterparts);

conclusion on the health condition of each of the applicants in the following form:

                              CONCLUSION
                                                          on the health condition of a person
 
     Full name  ___________________________________________________
     Date of birth  _________________________________________________
     Place of residence (stay) ________________________________________
                                                                                       (address)

                                                  Data of medical examination 
     Dermatovenerologist _____________________________ ______________
                                               (diagnosis, code under МКХ-10)       (date)
     Psychiatrist _____________________________________ ______________
                                                           (diagnosis, code under МКХ-10)      (date)
     Phthisiologist ____________________________________ ______________
                                                           (diagnosis, code under МКХ-10)      (date)
     General practitioner _______________________________ ______________
                                                           (diagnosis, code under МКХ-10)      (date)
     Narcologist _____________________________________ ______________
                                                           (diagnosis, code under МКХ-10)      (date)


                                                  Date of laboratory studies
     Wasserman Reaction __________________________________________
                                    (date, result)
     HIV infection ___________________________________________
                             (in accordance with (date, result) legislation)
     *Disability group ___________________ requires/does not require
_____________________ constant/temporary_____________________
 (specify as appropriate)                                                  (specify as appropriate)
attendance.
     Final conclusion _________________________________________
______________________________   ________  ______________________
 (title   of the official      (signature)     (surname with initials)
 of a medical institution)
 /stamp here/                                     ___ __________ 20___ .
_______________
     *Fill in in case of disability.

Certificate of conviction /  Certificate of no criminal record for every applicant  issued by a competent authority  of the country of residence;

A copy of the document confirming the ownership right or right to use residential premises stating its total and living area and the number of bedrooms  attested by a Notary;

A written consent of the foreign applicant to the right of obtaining his/her personal information by  the General Secretariat of Interpol and law-enforcement authorities of his/her own country of  citizenship and the country, where he/she resides  attested by a Notary (in two counterparts).

In case of adopting a child by one of spouses,   documents mentioned in clauses  2,  9,  10  and  12 shall be submitted by each of the spouses.

Declarations of the applicants on the amount of salary or other incomes, property or rights to the use of property attested by a Notary, as well as any other declarations and applications shall not replace documents mentioned in this Article.

Documents mentioned in clauses 1, 3, 5-7, 9, 10 and 12 shall be original. Whenever an original document is kept by the issuing authority (which shall be mentioned in the document itself), then its copy attested by a Notary shall be submitted.

Documents shall be issued in the country of residence of applicants. Foreigners  living permanently in  the territory of Ukraine as  confirmed by  the residence permit  issued by a  MIA authority  shall obtain such documents in  Ukraine. Foreigners, who reside in the territory of Ukraine temporarily, shall obtain such documents in the country of their permanent residence. 

Each document (except for copies of a passport or another identification document) is subject to legalization in a respective diplomatic mission of Ukraine abroad, unless otherwise stipulated in international agreements of Ukraine, and shall be submitted to the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine together with its duly certified translation to Ukrainian.

Applications and submissions of foreigners staying in Ukraine on legal grounds shall be made in Ukrainian and attested by a Notary.

Applications and submissions made in violation of the above-mentioned condition shall not be subject to consideration.

Documents shall be valid one year from the date of their issue, unless otherwise provided by legislation of the respective country (which shall be mentioned in the document itself).

On the day of submitting documents to the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine their validity term shall be not less than six months.

Should the validity term of documents under laws of the issuing country be less than six months, they shall be valid on the day of their submitting to the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine.

Do remember that the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine will accept a file, if it contains all the documents mentioned above.

After the file is compiled, the prospective adopter (s) shall get registered for submission of documents personally or through an authorized representative acting in compliance with current legislation of Ukraine. Registration shall be carried out in the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine at the address: 14 Desyatynna Street, Kyiv, if there is a conclusion of a competent authority of the country of residence confirming the ability of the applicants to become adopters taking into account recommendations  as regards the number, age and health of  children  they can adopt (Clause 3 of the list of documents above). If such conclusion is issued by a non-state authority, it shall be accompanied by a copy of the license to the right of carrying out activities related to adoption issued to such authority.

On the day of the above-mentioned registration the applicants or their representatives shall be notified on the date of the file submission.

Then the applicant or his/her representative shall submit the file to the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine at the above-mentioned address. At such submission the applicant or his/her representative shall show his/her passport or other identification document, and shall give a written consent to personal data processing. If the file is submitted by a representative, it shall be accompanied by photocopies of the Power of Attorney and passport of other identification documents attested by a Notary.

Persons acting on the grounds of   Powers of Attorney may submit not more than one file.

Please pay attention that a file shall be submitted in one folder on the title page of which shall be stated the country of residence and full name of the  applicant,  and overleaf  – the list of documents being submitted signed by the applicant or his/her representative. In the top right corner of the first page of each  document shall be the serial number of such  document   according to the list. For the convenience of reference and proper storage  files shall be submitted in folders of respective colors:  Israel, Canada  – white, Spain – light blue,  Italy – green, Germany –  blue, USA – red, France – yellow, other countries  – violet.

Do remember that the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine will not accept for consideration files sent by post.

In accordance with the Order of the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine № 445 of 17.11.11 “On the Procedure and conditions of reception of citizens of Ukraine living abroad and foreigners willing to adopt  a child in Ukraine for submission of their files” as amended (the Order of the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine № 751 of 03.12.12 ),  time of reception of the applicants for their files submission shall be as follows:

From the third Monday of January to  31st March;

From the second  Monday of April to  30th June;

From the second  Monday of July to 30th September;

From the second Monday of October to 10th December.

 Adoption of a child living abroad

You are citizens of Ukraine living abroad or citizens of other countries and you would like to adopt a child living abroad

In accordance with the Procedure of adoption and supervision of observance of rights of adopted children approved by the Decree of the Cabinet of Ministers of  Ukraine N 905 of 8th October 2008.

You shall start from gathering documents and compilation of a file for submitting it to the diplomatic mission or consular institution of Ukraine in the country of residence of a child.

A file shall consist of the following documents:

an application  for child adoption addressed to a diplomatic mission or consular institution of  Ukraine in the country of residence attested by a Notary;

      a copy of a passport or other identification document  in three counterparts;

conclusion of a competent authority of the country of residence  confirming the ability of applicants of becoming adopters (in two counterparts). Such conclusion shall contain addresses, living conditions (how many bedrooms, facilities and conditions necessary for  a child), biographical information, family composition (number of persons living together with the applicant, degree of kinship ad whether they have their own  children), and the applicants’ attitude to  adoption.  The conclusion shall also contain recommendations regarding to quantity, age and health of children that may be adopted by applicants. Recommendations regarding health of a child shall be given, if applicants were recommended to adopt a disabled child suffering from a disease from the list approved by the Ministry of Healthcare giving the right to adoption  without observing the period of the child registration in  в the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine  and adoption of children under five years of age.

If such conclusion is issued by a non-state authority, it shall be accompanied by a copy of the license to the right of carrying out activities related to adoption issued to such authority.

4)  attested by a Notary   applicant’s obligations  (in two counterparts) to:

register a child with an appropriate consular institution or diplomatic mission of  Ukraine (stating the name of the institution, its representative office, its address) within one month after the child arrived to the  country of residence;

secure the right of the adopted  child for preserving citizenship of Ukraine until the age of 18 years;

submit to the  consular institution or diplomatic mission of  Ukraine a report on living conditions and health of the adopted  child in the Form as given in Appendix 5 of the Procedure at least once a year within firth three years after  adoption, and after that term once in three years until the child attains eighteen years;

give a representative of a consular institution of diplomatic mission of  Ukraine the opportunity to communicate with a child;

notify a  consular institution of diplomatic mission of  Ukraine on change of the place of residence  of the adopted child.

Such document of assuming obligations shall contain the address of the  applicant’s residence (should he/she have many, address of each of them shall be mentioned), his/her passport data, telephone number and e-mail;

5) a written consent of the  spouse of the applicant to  adoption of a child attested by a Notary (in case of adopting  a child by one of the spouses), unless otherwise stipulated by law;

6)  a Certificate of Incomes for the last six months from the place of work or a copy of tax declaration for the previous calendar year  attested by the issuing authority or by a Notary;

7) a copy of Marriage Certificate registered with competent authorities of the country attested by a Notary (in two counterparts);

8) conclusion on the health condition of each of the applicants (from of such opinion see above);

9) Certificate of conviction / Certificate of no criminal record for every applicant  issued by a competent authority  of the country of residence;

10) A copy of the document confirming the ownership right or right to use residential premises stating its total and living area and the number of bedrooms  attested by a Notary;

11)  A written consent of the foreign applicant to the right of obtaining his/her personal information by  the General Secretariat of Interpol and law-enforcement authorities of his/her own country of  citizenship and the country, where he/she resides  attested by a Notary (in two counterparts).

Documents   stipulated by clauses 3, 4-6, 8, 9 and 11   shall be original. Whenever an original document is kept by the issuing authority (which shall be mentioned in the document itself), then its copy attested by a Notary shall be submitted. 

The above-mentioned documents shall be issued in the country of residence of applicants.  

A consular institution or diplomatic mission of   Ukraine shall prepare a conclusion on the expediency of adoption and whether it corresponds to the interests of a child within 20 working days after receipt of the application.

Adoption of a child - citizen of Ukraine living abroad is possibly under a permit of   the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine. To obtain a permit of the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine for adoption of a child - citizen of Ukraine living abroad a consular institution or diplomatic mission of   Ukraine shall send to the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine the above-mentioned documents, conclusion on the expediency of adoption and whether it corresponds to the interests of a child, and duly attested documents confirming that a child can be adopted.

The Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine shall verify the submitted documents for their compliance with requirements of legislation within 20 working days and consider the issue of registration of the applicants as prospective adopters.

At the same time foreigners shell be checked for availability/absence of the compromising information about them in law-enforcement authorities of the country   of their citizenship and the country, in the territory of which they live, and the General Secretariat of Interpol.

               The issue of giving a permit for adoption shall be considered by the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine within ten working days after receipt of results of verification of the applicants from the MIA of Ukraine.

               In case of positive result of such consideration, the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine shall issue a permit for adoption of a child and send it together with the submitted   documents to a respective consular institution or diplomatic mission of Ukraine. Resolution on adoption of a child – citizen of Ukraine living abroad by citizens of Ukraine shall by adopted by a consular institution or diplomatic mission of Ukraine on the grounds of the above-mentioned documents.

   In case of adoption of a child  -  citizen of Ukraine  living abroad  by foreigners,   a consular institution or diplomatic mission of Ukraine shall give them a permit of  the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine for adoption of a child and return documents mentioned in sub-clauses 2, 3, 4-11  for their submission to respective state bodies  of the country where the child resides.

You are the citizen of Ukraine living abroad or citizen of other countries and you would like to adopt a child – citizen of Ukraine of your wife /husband living abroad

You shall start from gathering documents and compilation of a file for submitting it to the  diplomatic mission or consular institution of  Ukraine in the country of residence of  a child.

A file shall consist of the following documents:

a declaration of intent to adopt a child addressed to a diplomatic mission or consular institution of Ukraine in the country of residence of a child  attested by a Notary;

a copy of a passport or other identification document  (in two counterparts);

a copy of Marriage Certificate registered with competent authorities of the country;

conclusion on the health condition of each of the applicants (from of such opinion see above);

Certificate of conviction /  Certificate of no criminal record of the applicant  issued by a competent authority  of the country of residence;

conclusion of a competent authority of the country of residence  confirming the ability of applicant  of becoming adopter.  Conclusion shall contain the address, living conditions, biographical data of the applicant, relationships in the family, and attitude to adoption.  If such conclusion is issued by a non-state authority, it shall be accompanied by a copy of the license to the right of carrying out activities related to adoption issued to such authority;

a copy of the Certificate of Birth  of a child;

a written consent of parents of a child for adoption   attested by a Notary, or a consent of the spouse, whose  child is being adopted by his/her spouse and the document  confirming the absence of another parent of a child  (a copy  or original of the Certificate of Death issued by the Civil Registry Office, a copy of the court resolution on deprivation of parental rights, acknowledging as incapable or   missing, the Certificate issued by the Civil Registry Office  on the entries/records about father of  a child and the like);

a written consent of the foreign applicant to the right of obtaining his/her personal information by  the General Secretariat of Interpol and law-enforcement authorities of his/her own country of  citizenship and the country, where he/she resides  attested by a Notary (in two counterparts).

A consular institution or diplomatic mission of   Ukraine shall prepare a conclusion on the expediency of adoption and whether it corresponds to the interests of a child within 20 working days after receipt of the application, if the adopter is a citizen of Ukraine. 

In case when adoption is performed by respective state authorities of the country of residence of a child, a consular institution or diplomatic mission of   Ukraine shall prepare a conclusion on the expediency of adoption and whether it corresponds to the interests of a child and give it to you for submission to the appropriate authority.

Rights and obligations of adopters

Prospective adopters shall be entitled to: 

- familiarize themselves with information about children   who can be adopted three times (taking into account repeated visits);

- see a photo of a child and obtain the following information about him/her:

name, age, sex, health condition in accordance with a conclusion on the health condition, physical and mental development of a child;

data on legal grounds for  adoption, where the child is accommodated and getting care (without mentioning the name and address of the place/institution);

information on the availability/absence of brothers, sisters, their age and where they  are – in family, under custody/care, in foster home  or children’s care home.    

- get a permission from the Office of Children's Services at the place of residence (stay) of a child for meeting;

- in the children’s care home or another institution, where  the child lives/stays, familiarize themselves with documents from the personal case of a child, medical history, obtain information on the life history of a child, special aspects of its development, behavior, talents, character, recommendations regarding forms and methods of communication with  a child, and care after adoption;

- carry out additional medical examination of  a child in a state or municipal healthcare establishment in the presence of a  representative of the Office of Children's Services and the children’s  care home or other establishment, where  the child lives/stays.

After meeting  a child,  prospective  adopters  will be entitled to visit the   child every day during the validity term of permission (10 working days) at the place of his/her living (stay) and communicate with him/her within the period of time fixed by the head of the respective child care institution, but in any case not less than three hours a day. 

After submitting a declaration of intent to adopt a child to the Office of Children's Services prospective adopters will have the right to continue communication with child until the court resolution on adoption came into effect.

Children shall be adopted on the grounds of court resolutions. 

Prospective adopters shall be obliged to:

Meet requirements of the legislation Ukraine concerning adoption;

Follow recommendations of specialists (Psychologist, Pedagogue, Social worker) at the time of establishing a contact with a child.

Adopters shall be obliged to:

To take a child out of the establishment personally in the presence of a representative of the Office of Children's Services upon demonstration of a copy of the court resolution on adoption;

Within one month after adoption of a child register him/her in a consular institution or diplomatic mission of Ukraine in the country of their residence;

Allow representatives of a consular institution or diplomatic mission of Ukraine in the country of their residence communicate with a child and observe the conditions of his/her living and upbringing;

Submit to a  consular institution or diplomatic mission of  Ukraine a report on living conditions and health of the adopted  child in the Form as given in Appendix 5 at least once a year within firth three years after  adoption, and after that term once in three years until the child attains eighteen years;

Notify a consular institution or diplomatic mission of  Ukraine that exercise control of conditions of living and upbringing of the adopted child  about changing the place of residence of the adopted child.

Secure the right of the adopted child for preserving citizenship of Ukraine until the age of 18 years.

The list of diseases giving the right to adoption of ill children without observing terms of registration  with a central authority of executive power competent in dealing with issues of  adoption and protection of children’s rights and before a child has attained five years of age

Code under the International Statistical Classification of Diseases ICD -10

Name of a disease

Characteristics of  the clinical course of disease and functional status of organs and systems

1

В 18.0

Chronic viral hepatitis  В with Delta-agent

Fibrosis F3-F4

2

В 18.1

Chronic viral hepatitis  В without Delta-agent

Fibrosis F3-F4

3

В18.2

Chronic viral hepatitis  С

Fibrosis F3-F4

4

В 18.8

Other Chronic viral hepatitis

Fibrosis F3-F4

5

В 18.9

Chronic viral hepatitis, unspecified

Fibrosis F3-F4

6

В 21 (В 21.0-В 21.3; В 21.7-В 21.9)

Disease caused by HIV manifested as malignant tumors

Laboratory-confirmed diagnosis, clinical manifestations

7

С 00 - С 97

Malignant neoplasms

Local or systemic process of medium and high grade cancer. All the solid malignant neoplasms of ІІ - ІV grades

8

D 61.0

Constitutional aplastic anemia

Confirmed after examination in conditions of a special hospital (department), which requires  allogeneic transplantation of bone marrow

9

D 81.0 - D 81.7

Combined immunodeficiencies

Genetically confirmed, and in case if allogeneic transplantation of bone marrow is needed. Confirmed after examination in conditions of a special hospital (department)

10

D 82.0

Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome

Genetically confirmed, or in case of absence of WAS- protein in lymphocytes, and in case if allogeneic transplantation of bone marrow is needed. Confirmed after examination in conditions of a special hospital (department)

11

D 82.1

DiGeorge syndrome

Genetically confirmed in combination with congenital malformations requiring surgical correction, and in case if allogeneic transplantation of bone marrow is needed. Confirmed after examination in conditions of a special hospital (department)

12

Е 83.3

Disorders of phosphorus metabolism

In case of chronic kidney insufficiency  - stage to be defined under the results of examination  in conditions of a special hospital (department)

13

G 09

Implications of inflammatory diseases of the central nervous system

Severe pareses and palsies with  cognitive deficiency

14

G 40 (G 40.2-G 40.5)

Epilepsy

With  true drug resistance confirmed  in conditions of a special hospital

15

G 80.0

Spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy

double  hemiplegia with  cognitive deficiency

16

G 80.3

Dyskinetic cerebral palsy

Hyperkinetic form

17

Н 54.0

Blindness, both eyes

Visual impairment categories 3, 4, 5 in both eyes.

18

Н 54.1

Blindness, one eye, low vision other eye

Visual impairment categories 3, 4, 5 in one eye, with categories 1 or 2 in the other eye

19

Н 54.3

Unqualified visual loss, both eyes

Visual impairment category 9 in both eyes

20

Н 54.4

Blindness, one eye

Visual impairment categories 3, 4, 5 in one eye [normal vision in other eye]

21

Н 54.6

Unqualified visual loss, one eye

Visual impairment category 9 in one eye [normal vision in other eye]

22

Н 90.0

Conductive hearing loss, bilateral

Bilateral loss of hearing or impairment of hearing, over 70 dB

23

Н 90.2

Conductive hearing loss, unspecified

Conductive deafness NOS

24

Н 90.3

Sensorinerual  hearing loss,  bilateral

Conductive deafness NOS

25

Н 90.5

Sensorineural hearing loss, unspecified

Bilateral loss of hearing or impairment of hearing, over 70 dB

26

Н 90.6

Mixed conductive and sensorineural hearing loss, bilateral

Bilateral loss of hearing or impairment of hearing, over 70 dB

27

Н 90.8

Mixed conductive and sensorineural hearing loss, unspecified

Bilateral loss of hearing or impairment of hearing, over 70 dB

28

І 27.0

Primary pulmonary hypertension

Confirmation of diagnosis in conditions of a special hospital (department); condition after palliative surgical interferences; chronic cardiac and  venous insufficiency of  ІІ grade.

29

I 42.1

Obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

Confirmed after examination in conditions of a special hospital (department)

30

I 42.2

Other hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

Confirmed after examination in conditions of a special hospital (department)

31

N 25.0

Renal osteodystrophy

In case of chronic kidney insufficiency  - stage to be defined under the results of examination  in conditions of a special hospital (department)

32

N 25.1

Nephrogenic  diabetes insipidus

In case of chronic kidney insufficiency  - stage to be defined under the results of examination  in conditions of a special hospital (department)

33

N 26

Unspecified contracted kidney

In case of chronic kidney insufficiency  - stage to be defined under the results of examination  in conditions of a special hospital (department)

34

N 27.1

Small kidney, bilateral

In case of chronic kidney insufficiency  - stage to be defined under the results of examination  in conditions of a special hospital (department)

35

Q 01 (Q 01.0; Q 01.1; Q 01.2; Q 01.8; Q 01.9)

Encephalocele

Confirmed after examination in conditions of a special hospital (department), before and after surgical  interferences

36

Q 03 (Q 03.0; Q 03.1; Q 03.8; Q 03.9 )

Congenital hydrocephalus

Nonprogressive, before and after surgical  interferences. Confirmed after examination in conditions of a special hospital (department)

37

Q 05 (Q 05.0-Q 05.9)

Spina bifida

Confirmed after examination in conditions of a special hospital (department)

38

Q 11 (Q 11.0- Q 11.3)

Anophthalmos, microphthalmos and macrophthalmos

Anatomical defect

39

Q16.0

Congenital absence of (ear) auricle

Anatomical defect. Bilateral loss of hearing or impairment of hearing, over 70 dB

40

Q16.1

Congenital absence, atresia and stricture of auditory canal (external)

Anatomical defect. Bilateral loss of hearing or impairment of hearing, over 70 dB

41

Q16.4

Other congenital malformations of middle ear

Anatomical defect. Bilateral loss of hearing or impairment of hearing, over 70 dB

42

Q16.5

Congenital malformation of inner ear

Anatomical defect. Bilateral loss of hearing or impairment of hearing, over 70 dB

43

Q16.9

Congenital malformation of ear causing impairment of hearing, unspecified

Anatomical defect. Bilateral loss of hearing or impairment of hearing, over 70 dB

44

Q 20 (Q 20.0;Q 20.1; Q 20.3; Q 20.4; Q 20.5)

Congenital malformations of cardiac chambers and connections

Confirmation of diagnosis in conditions of a special hospital (department); condition after palliative surgical interferences; chronic cardiac and  venous insufficiency of  I- ІІ grade

45

Q 21 (Q 21.0; Q 21.2; Q 21.4)

Congenital malformations of cardiac septa

Confirmation of diagnosis in conditions of a special hospital (department); condition after palliative surgical interferences; chronic cardiac and  venous insufficiency of  I-ІІ grade

46

Q 22 (Q 22.5; Q 22.6)

Congenital malformations of pulmonary and tricuspid valves (Ebstein disease. Hypoplastic right heart syndrome)

Confirmation of diagnosis in conditions of a special hospital (department); condition after palliative surgical interferences; chronic cardiac and  venous insufficiency of I-  ІІ grade

47

Q 23.4

Hypoplastic left heart syndrome

Confirmation of diagnosis in conditions of a special hospital (department); condition after palliative surgical interferences; chronic cardiac and  venous insufficiency of І - ІІ grade

48

Q 25 (Q 25.0;Q 25.2; Q 25.5)

Congenital malformations of great arteries

Confirmation of diagnosis in conditions of a special hospital (department); condition after palliative surgical interferences; chronic cardiac and  venous insufficiency of  ІІ grade

49

Q 26.2

Total anomalous pulmonary venous connection

Confirmation of diagnosis in conditions of a special hospital (department); condition after palliative surgical interferences; chronic cardiac and  venous insufficiency of  ІІ grade

50

Q 60 (Q 60.0-Q 60.4)

Renal agenesis and other reduction defects of kidney

In case of anatomical defect and chronic kidney insufficiency  - stage to be defined under the results of examination  in conditions of a special hospital (department)

51

Q 61.1

Polycystic kidney, infantile type

In case of anatomical defect and chronic kidney insufficiency  - stage to be defined under the results of examination  in conditions of a special hospital (department)

52

Q 61.2

Polycystic kidney, adult type

In case of anatomical defect and chronic kidney insufficiency  - stage to be defined under the results of examination  in conditions of a special hospital (department)

53

Q 61.3

Polycystic kidney, unspecified

In case of anatomical defect and chronic kidney insufficiency  - stage to be defined under the results of examination  in conditions of a special hospital (department)

54

Q 61.4

Renal dysplasia

In case of anatomical defect and chronic kidney insufficiency  - stage to be defined under the results of examination  in conditions of a special hospital (department)

55

Q 61.5

Medullary cystic kidney

In case of anatomical defect and chronic kidney insufficiency  - stage to be defined under the results of examination  in conditions of a special hospital (department)

56

Q 61.9

Cystic kidney disease, unspecified

In case of anatomical defect and chronic kidney insufficiency  – stage to be defined under the results of examination  in conditions of a special hospital (department)

57

Q 71.0 - Q 71.3; Q 72.0 - Q 72.3

Congenital absence  or reduction defects of upper and lower limbs

Anatomical defect

58

Q 73.0

Reduction defects of unspecified limb

Anatomical defect

59

Q 74.3

Arthrogryposis multiplex congenita

Anatomical anomaly  of joints

60

Q 77.2

Short rib syndrome

Radiographic changes of bones, retardation of growth, unbalanced organization of the body (disproportionately short limbs)

61

Q 77.6

Chondroectodermal dysplasia

Radiographic changes of bones, retardation of growth, unbalanced organization of the body (disproportionately short limbs)

62

Q 77.8

Other osteochondrodysplasia with defects of growth of tubular bones and spine

Radiographic changes of bones, retardation of growth, unbalanced organization of the body (disproportionately short limbs)

63

Q 78.0

Osteogenesis imperfecta

Radiographic changes of bones, retardation of growth, unbalanced organization of the body (disproportionately short limbs)

64

Q 90 (Q 90.0; Q 90.1; Q 90.2; Q 90.9 )

Down's syndrome

Chromosomal abnormality

 The list of diseases hindering from becoming an adopter   
------------------------------------------------------------------
|  N   |    type of disease         |Code under the International|
| з/п  |         (disorder)         | Statistical Classification |
|      |                            |   of Diseases and Related  |
|      |                            |       Health Problems      |
|      |                            |     (the tenth revised 
                                                edition)         |
|------+----------------------------+----------------------------|
|1     | tuberculosis               |А 15 - А 19                 |
|      |(active stage of            |                            |
|      | tuberculosis in any
         location)                  |                            |
|------+----------------------------+----------------------------|
|2     | tuberculoid leprosy
         (Hansen's disease)         |А 30                        |
|------+----------------------------+----------------------------|
|3     |Disease caused by           |В 20 - В 24                 |
|      | human immunodeficiency virus
         (HIV)                      |                            |
|------+----------------------------+----------------------------|
|4     |Organic mental disorders,   |F 00                        |
|      |including symptomatic       |F 01                        |
|      |ones                        |F 02                        |
|      |                            |F 03                        |
|      |                            |F 04                        |
|      |                            |F 05*                       |
|      |                            |F 06*                       |
|      |                            |F 07                        |
|      |                            |F 09                        |
|------+----------------------------+----------------------------|
|5     |schizophrenia, schizotypal  |F 20                        |
|      |and delusional disorders    |F 21                        |
|      |                            |F 22                        |
|      |                            |F 23*                       |
|      |                            |F 24                        |
|      |                            |F 25                        |
|------+----------------------------+----------------------------|
|6     | mood disorders (affective) |F 30*                       |
|      |                            |F 31*                       |
|      |                            |F 32*                       |
|      |                            |F33*                        |
|      |                            |F 34                        |
|      |                            |F 39                        |
|------+----------------------------+----------------------------|
|7     |neurotic, stress-related    |F 40*                       |
|      | and somatoform disorders   |F 41*                       |
|      |                            |F 42                        |
|      |                            |F 43*                       |
|      |                            |F 44                        |
|      |                            |F 45*                       |
|      |                            |F 48*                       |
|------+----------------------------+----------------------------|
|8     |Behavioral syndromes        |F 50                        |
|      |related to physiological    |F 51*                       |
|      |disorders and other         |F 53*                       |
|      |physical factors            |F 54*                       |
|      |                            |F 55*                       |
|      |                            |F 59*                       |
|------+----------------------------+----------------------------|
|9     | disorders of adult         |F 60                        |
|      | personality and behaviour  |F 61                        |
|      |                            |F 62                        |
|      |                            |F 63                        |
|      |                            |F 64                        |
|      |                            |F 65                        |
|      |                            |F 68                        |
|------+----------------------------+----------------------------|
|10    | mental deficiency          |F 70                        |
|      |                            |F 71                        |
|      |                            |F 72                        |
|      |                            |F 73                        |
|      |                            |F 78                        |
|      |                            |F 79                        |
|------+----------------------------+----------------------------|
|11    |Psychological development   |F 80** - F 89**             |
|      | disorders                  |                            |
|------+----------------------------+----------------------------|
|12    |Behavioural and emotional   |F 90** - F 98**             |
|      |disorders with onset usually|                            |
|      |occurring in childhood and  |                            |
|      |adolescence                 |                            |
|------+----------------------------+----------------------------|
|13    |Mental and behavioural      |F 10***                     |
|      |disorders due to psychoactive|F 11***- F 16***           |
|      |substance use               |F 18***                     |
|      |                            |F 19***                     |
|------+----------------------------+----------------------------|
|14    |Spinal muscular atrophy     |G 12.2                      |
|      |and related syndromes       |                            |
|------+----------------------------+----------------------------|
|15    |Multi-system degeneration   |G 90.3.                     |
|------+----------------------------+----------------------------|
|16    |Episodic and                |G 40.0 - G 40.6             |
|      |paroxysmal disorders        |G 40.8 - 41.9               |
|------+----------------------------+----------------------------|
|17    |Alzheimer's disease         |G 30.0 - G 30.9             |
|------+----------------------------+----------------------------|
|18    | the fourth stage cancer    |                            |
|      |                            |                            |
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------

     *  Due to the fact that the above-mentioned mental disorders may be short-term, such persons can become adopters not earlier than  5  years after termination of the known episode of such mental disorder in case of sustained remission, which shall be defined by a Psychiatrist individually.

     **  if such disorders were observed in past, such persons may become adopters in case of sustained remission (over 5 years), which shall be defined by a Psychiatrist individually.

     ***  any symptoms or manifestations of strong dependence on psychoactive substances are a direct contraindication for the person willing to become an adopter. In case of sustained remission (over 5 years) the issue of contraindications related to shall be defined by a Psychiatrist individually.

Consular Registration of Adopted Ukrainian Children

In accordance with Ukrainian Law, the Consular Office of the Embassy of Ukraine in the Republic of Singapore should include your child (children) adopted in Ukraine into the list of Ukrainian citizens permanently residing in Singapore.

In order to complete an appropriate paperwork you must come to the Consular Office in order to submit the following documents:

1. Application

2. Registration form

3. Your child's (children's) original passport(s)

4. Your child's (children's) birth certificate(s)

5. The copy of the second and third pages of the passport(s) of adoptive parents

6. An original and a copy of the Ukrainian Court's Decree on adoption (in Ukrainian) and

7. One passport-size photo.

The Consular registration of adopted children is free of charge.

In case you change your place of residence after you have registered, you are also requested to inform the Consular Office.

Annual Post-Placement Report on adopted children from Ukraine

The Ukrainian legislation requires adoptive parents to provide information about the adopted child's living conditions and educational progress to the Consular Office of the Embassy of Ukraine annually during the first three years following the adoption and once every three years thereafter, until the child's 18th birthday.

The Consular Office of the Embassy of Ukraine will be grateful for your detailed reports about adopted child's (children's) development and pictures of your family.

The form of annual report on adopted child from Ukraine you can find here.

All reports can be filed in English.

To facilitate communication, the reports can be forwarded via e-mail to: ukrconsul.sg@gmail.com or can be mailed to the Consular Office of the Embassy of Ukraine at 50 Raffles Place #16-05 Singapore Land Tower, Singapore 048623.

For the documents to be issued in Singapore please check information on the web-site of the Ministry of Social and Family Development http://app.msf.gov.sg/Adoption/How-to-adopt-a-foreign-child.

We express our sincere appreciation to those parents, who adopted a Ukrainian child (children) and hope to find understanding on the need to comply with the legislation of Ukraine and complete all post-adoption requirements in a timely manner.


Consular Section of the Embassy of Ukraine in the Republic of Singapore
Chief: Mrs Olena Yalova
Consul
Address: Consular Section, Embassy of Ukraine in the Republic of Singapore 50 Raffles Place, # 16-05, Singapore Land Tower, Singapore, 048623. View on map
Phone: (65) 6535 6550
Fax: (65) 6535 2116
Email: ukrconsul.sg@gmail.com
Schedule:

Operating hours of the Consular section (visas, legalization, passports, notary services):

Monday              09:00 – 11:30

Tuesday             09:00 – 11:30

Wednesday       14:00 – 15:30

Thursday            14:00 – 15:30

Friday                 09:00 – 11:30

The Consular Section is closed during all of Ukrainian and some of Singaporean holidays.

In case of disasters, terrorist attacks, riots, injury/death of citizens of Ukraine, in other cases when life or health of Ukrainians is threatened, the consular assistance is also provided off visitors’ hours.

Boundaries of the consular district:

Singapore, Brunei