Embassy of Ukraine in the United States of America

Kyiv 11:44

Adoption of Ukrainian children

We truly appreciate those wishing to adopt a child who is a citizen of Ukraine and we have provided the requirements of compliance with applicable Ukrainian regulations.

Adoption of Children in Ukraine

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 by families that are 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 already been 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.

The numbers and ages of children who can be adopted by foreigners are:

9,500 children aged 10 and older; 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).

The rate of international adoption in Ukraine has been rapidly falling every year.

All orphans and children deprived of parental care under the age of 5 who are more or less healthy, let alone those in full health, are placed with 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 as infants, but also children of school age. Reforms of Ukrainian national legislation reflect one of the basic principles of the UN Convention on Children Rights – to ensure the best interests of the child.

Foreigners are primarily focused on the adoption of young healthy children. However, there are almost no such children eligible for adoption by foreigners 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 enable 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 a 9 month period of 2013 - 443 children were adopted.

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

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

Families seeking to adopt a child between the ages of 5 to 6 will experience a completely different situation (currently 86).

Some 30% of foreigners visit Ukraine for the purpose of adopting 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 month period of 2013 this figure was 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 8 years of age.

Consular Registration of Adopted Ukrainian Children

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

In order to complete appropriate paperwork you have to mail the following documents to the Consular Office:

1. Completed application (example);

2. Completed registration form (example);

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

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

5. A copy of the second and third pages of the US passport(s) of adoptive parents;

6. An original and a copy of the Ukrainian Court's Decree on adoption (in Ukrainian); 7. 1 passport-sized photo.

Please include a return self-addressed postage-paid envelope (for FedEx – an account number is required; a credit card number is not acceptable).

Failure to submit all required documents may result in delayed registration.

If you change your place of residence you are also required to inform the Consular Office.

Please be sure to send your child’s registration documents to the Consulate that has jurisdiction over the district of your residence:

Consular Office of the Embassy of Ukraine (States of Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia).

Address: 3350 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007
E-mail: adoption.ukremb@gmail.com 
Phone: 202-349-2948

Consulate-General of Ukraine in New York (States of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont).

Address: 240 East 49 St, New York, NY 10017
E-mail: gc_usn@mfa.gov.ua

Consulate-General of Ukraine in Chicago (States of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin).

Address: 10 East Huron St, Chicago, IL 60611
E-mail: gc_usc@mfa.gov.ua

Consulate-General of Ukraine in San Francisco (States of Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada , New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming).

Address: 530 Bush St, suite 402, San Francisco, CA 94108-3623
E-mail: ukrainesf1@gmail.com

Annual Post-Placement Report on Children Adopted from Ukraine 

Ukrainian legislation requires that 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 your adopted child's (children's) development, and photos of your family.

You can find the annual report form on adopted children from Ukraine here.

All reports can be filed in English.

To facilitate communication the reports can be forwarded via e-mail to: adoption.ukremb@gmail.com or can be mailed to the Consular Office of the Embassy of Ukraine at: 3350 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007. All reports must be signed by the parents.

We want to express our sincerest appreciation to those parents who have adopted a Ukrainian child (children).  We trust that you understand the need to comply with the applicable Ukrainian legislation, and complete all post-adoption requirements in a timely manner.

Consular Office of the Embassy of Ukraine
Chief: Kostyantyn Vorona
Head of Consular Division
Address: 3350 M Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20007. View on map
Phone: +1 (202) 349 2947; +1 (202) 349 2948; +1 (202) 349 3371.
Fax: + 1 (202) 333 0817

09:00 – 18:00 – Monday-Friday

Consular Services Public Hours:

     Monday - Friday:                                          9:00 am – 12:00 pm

     Thursday:                                                     2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Consular office will not operate during Ukrainian national holidays*.

Disabled persons, pregnant women, seriously ill nationals are accepted out of turn.

On weekends and holidays citizens of Ukraine will be accepted in cases of emergency, loss of passport documents, accident, death, arrest etc.

Boundaries of the consular district:

For all consular matters, residents of the following states and countries should contact the Consular Office of the Embassy of Ukraine: 

District of Columbia, and the states of: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida,  Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana,  Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina,  Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and  the United States Virgin Islands, as well as the countries of Antigua and Barbuda and Trinidad and Tobago. 

Consulate General of Ukraine in Chicago (USA)
Chief: Gerasko Larysa
Consulate General
Address: 10 East Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611. View on map
Phone: +1 (312) 642 43 88, emergency - +1 (312) 536 94 18
Fax: +1 (312) 642 43 85
Email: gc_usc@mfa.gov.ua
Website: https://chicago.old.mfa.gov.ua

Visiting hours: Monday (2 pm - 5 pm), Tuesday, Thursday, Friday (9 am – 12 pm), Wednesday (2 pm - 4:30 pm)

Working hours: Monday-Thursday 09:00 – 18:00

                       Friday 09:00 - 16:45

Lunch hour: 13:00 – 13:45

Day off: Sat, Sun

Boundaries of the consular district:

For all consular matters, residents of the following list of states should contact the Consulate General of Ukraine in Chicago: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin.

Consulate General of Ukraine in San Francisco (USA)
Address: 530 Bush Street, Suite 402, San Francisco, California, USA, 94108. View on map
Phone: +1 (415) 398 02 40, + (415) 398 51 21; Emergency phone (strictly for Ukrainian nationals in life-threatening situations in the Consular District of the Consulate): +1(415) 690 0460
Fax: (8 10 1415) 398 50 39
Email: gc_uss@mfa.gov.ua
Website: https://san-francisco.old.mfa.gov.ua

Public Hours

Monday 09:00 - 12:00

Tuesday 09:00 - 12:00

Wednesday 14:00 - 17:00

Thusrday 09:00 - 12:00

Friday 09:00 - 12:00

Consulate's working hours

Monday 09:00 - 18:00

Tuesday 09:00 - 18:00

Wednesday з 09:00 - 18:00

Thusrday з 09:00 - 18:00

Friday з 09:00 - 16:45

Lunch break 13:00 13:45

Consulate General is closed on weekends and Public Holidays.

Boundaries of the consular district:

For all consular matters, residents of the following list of states should contact the Consulate General of Ukraine in San Francisco: Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming.




The Consulate General of Ukraine in New York (USA)
Chief: Oleksii Holubov
Consul General
Address: 240 East, 49th Street New York, NY 10017. View on map
Phone: +1 (212) 371 6965
Fax: +1 (212) 371 55 47
Email: gc_usn@mfa.gov.ua
Website: https://ny.old.mfa.gov.ua

Working hours: 09:00 – 18:00

Lunch hour: 13:00 – 14:00

Days off: Sat, Sun


Consular Services Public Hours (except national holidays):


Ukrainian passports issues (preliminary appointment is required www.nypassport.net)

Monday: 09:00 – 12:00 and 14:00 – 17:00

Wednesday: 09:00 – 12:00 and 14:00 – 17:00


Issued Ukrainian passports pick-up (no appointment)

Monday: 12:00 – 13:00

Wednesday: 12:00 – 13:00


Other consular issues (except Ukrainian passport issues): notarization of documents, citizenship, obtaining documents from Ukraine, visa questions and other:

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday:  09:00 – 12:00

Boundaries of the consular district:

For all consular matters, residents of the following list of states should contact the Consulate General of Ukraine in New York: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont.