Recognizing that the child… should grow up in a family environment, in an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding
Hague Convention, Preamble
Ukraine supports domestic adoption and foster care by all possible means. Ukrainian officials are opposite to hosting and I have information that they are deciding how to ban it as they want those children to place into Ukrainian foster families. The situation with international adoption is getting tenser and this all comes from politicians, who lobby for their interests and play with future electorate. They shape public opinion about international adoption and how bad it is.
At the same time there are cases when Ukrainian foster and adoptive families abuse orphans, Ukraine has 3 such cases recently that were shown in the news for the past 3 weeks and I think much more cases are not known to public.
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There are many cases in Ukraine when children suffer from foster and adoptive families, not all cases are shown in the news. In comparison to America, there were a few similar cases for the past 10 years, and it is a big difference between our two countries. Mostly in Ukraine orphans are taken to foster families just as a source of income.
That is why we want to inform you, if you want to host children up to 10-12 years old, it may be difficult for you to adopt them, because Ukrainians have a priority. But if a hosted child is older than 10 y.o. and he/she wants to be adopted by a host family, the child may refuse from a Ukrainian family; however, officials of regional children’s services office still may dissuade him/her from international adoption.
Unfortunately, Ukraine moves not to a good direction speaking negatively about international adoption. Ukrainian politicians like to point out that the adopted children can’t be controlled overseas and no one knows how foreign families treat them. I found it ridiculous that Ukraine thinks that control for children in advanced countries is worse than in Ukraine (which is the worst to my mind). Working for many years with foreign families I see how they treat their children, how they care for them and love them. Children’s interest should be counted first and children want to have parents, no matter in what country they live.
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PLEASE NOTE: For the past years situation extremely changed around adoption all over the world, especially when Russia bans adoption for US citizens. Actually US citizens CAN'T adopt Caucasian healthy infants anywhere in the world or it will take at least 5-8 years and cost tons of dollars. Ukraine does not have healthy children under 5 y.o. and under our laws adoption of children under 5 y.o. is forbidden, so you can't consider adoption in Ukraine if you wish a healthy baby.
BUT we launched a Surrogacy program and if you wish to have a healthy infant who will genetically belong to you, please consider our surrogacy program. We already have a few US families who switched from adoption to surrogacy after Russia ban adoption for US citizens. The cost will be $37.000-40.000 total vs 100-140 in the US. Our surrogacy website is HERE
Should you have any questions, feel free to contact us, we'll explain everything to you taking into consideration your personal situation (skype available upon request, Ukraine time GMT+3).