Ukraine is not party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). Therefore, when the Hague Adoption Convention entered into force for the United States on April 1, 2008, intercountry adoption processing for Ukraine did not change. However, the Universal Accreditation Act (UAA) is effective as of July 14, 2014 and there is specific UAA guidance for Ukraine posted by the State Department  (currently being revised).

The Department for Adoption and Protection of the Rights of the Child (DAPRC), a part of the Ministry of Social Policy, is the only legal Ukrainian authority for adoptions. It maintains the database of adoptable children available for both domestic and international adoptions, with some profiles of adoptable children now available on the Ministry’s website. The DAPRC contact information is:

Ministry for social policy

Department for Adoptions and Protection of the Rights of the Child
8/10 Esplanadna Str.,
Kyiv, Ukraine 01601Tel/Fax # (380)(44) 289-5262

Ukrainian law requires orphans to be at least five years old before they are eligible for intercountry adoption. The law exempts children with certain special needs, relative adoptions, and sibling adoptions. For more information on who can be adopted in Ukraine and how the adoption process works, please visit Ukraine’s country flyer at:

Please contact our Adoption Unit at: to schedule your adoption visa appointment or ask any questions. If you have an urgent question, you may also contact us at: +38(044)521-5520

Contact Information for the Office of Children’s Issues at the U.S. State Department:

  • Telephone: 1-888-407-4747
  • Outside the U.S.: +1 202-501-4444
  • Fax: +1 202-736-9080

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