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Acceptance of New Adoption Dossiers Under Limited Circumstances

On September 21, 2005 the Government of Ukraine informed the U.S. Embassy in Kiev that the National Adoption Center (NAC) of Ukraine was suspending the acceptance of new adoption dossiers from U.S. citizens and citizens of several other countries. According to the NAC, the decision to stop accepting certain dossiers as of September 19 was based in large part on the past non-compliance of some families with post-adoption reports, which are required by Ukrainian law.

According to the NAC, the new procedures do NOT affect dossiers that have already been accepted, unless the prospective adopting parents have failed to register and provide reports about a previously adopted Ukrainian child.

On November 23, 2005 the National Adoption Center of Ukraine officially informed the Embassy that the Center had resumed acceptance of new adoption dossiers under limited circumstances. The NAC advises that it will now accept dossiers from U.S. citizens who are applying to adopt the following categories of Ukrainian children only:

  • Older children (10 years old and older);
  • Siblings of previously adopted children;
  • Handicapped children.

The NAC advised that, due to the large number of American post-adoption reports still outstanding (558 for the period 1996-2003), the suspension of acceptance of new dossiers other than those noted above would remain in effect. The Embassy follows this issue very closely and will continue to post updates on this website as well as advise the American adoption community by e-mails.

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