Joint Council would like to provide some additional information on the bill # 2562 On Legislative Amendments to Ukraine’s Laws (regarding adoptions), based on clarification we have received from the State Department for Adoption and Protection of the Rights of the Child.
- The age requirements apply to both parents in the family (if at least one of the adoptive parents does not comply with these requirements, the family cannot be approved for adoption).
- The law is not retroactive. Those adoptive parents, whose dossiers have already been approved and scheduled for appointments, will not be affected by this law and should be able to complete the adoptions until the date this law becomes fully effective.
According to Ukrainian officials, this law will not become effective as soon as was initially expected. Its final text will require additional consideration and approval by the Parliament before it can be submitted for President’s approval. Most likely, the law will not become fully effective until May or June of this year.
Please see the March 23, 2007 posting below for more information on bill # 2562.
Also, on February 24, 2007 the State Department for Adoption and Protection of the Rights of the Child (SDAPRC) issued the Decree #16. This Decree approves the numbers of the new adoption dossiers from foreign countries, which can be accepted by the SDAPRC during the calendar year 2007. The result of the decree is that the 558 dossier submissions have been allocated to parents from the U.S. for calendar year 2007. This number was arrived at using a complex mathematical formula devised by the SDAPRC. The U.S. remains on top of the list of foreign countries adopting from Ukraine, followed by Italy (494 dossiers) and Spain (380 dossiers).