As Joint Council shared with the membership in November 2006, Ukraine would be introducing a bill that would implement changes to current Ukrainian adoption legislation. On Tuesday, March 20, 2007, the Parliament of Ukraine passed bill #2562 On Legislative Amendments to Ukraine’s Laws (regarding adoptions). The bill will come into effect after President Yuschenko’s approval and its publication in the official newspaper of Ukraine’s Parliament. This process can take at least one week. This bill introduces the following major changes to current Ukrainian legislation:
- The minimum age of prospective adoptive parent must be at least 21 years old;
- The maximum age difference between adoptive parents and adopted children cannot exceed 45 years;
- Unmarried foreign citizens cannot adopt Ukrainian children.
The final text of this bill will be available on the Joint Council website after its official publication.