Ukraine: Public Notice on Voluntary Registration of Foreign Organizations

11/6/06

Public Notice on Voluntary Registration of Foreign Organizations in Ukraine

On October 16, 2006 the Ukrainian State Department for Adoption and Protection of Rights of the Child (SDAPRC) approved Official Resolution #48 introducing voluntary registration for foreign organizations that have local personnel representing prospective adoptive parents in Ukraine. All foreign organizations wishing to register with the SDAPRC can do so by submitting an application and a set of documents for registration. Below is an unofficial translation of the list of required documents. All of these documents must be legalized (have apostilles in the case of the U.S. organizations) and be accompanied by certified Ukrainian translations. The voluntary registration does not impose any obligations or other legal consequences for the SDAPRC.

The documents for the voluntary registration can be submitted every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at: #14 Desiatinna Street, Kyiv, at the public inquiries room of the State Department for Adoption and Protection of Rights of the Child. The voluntary registration will take place until December 1, 2006.

Any questions regarding this registration should be addressed directly to the SDAPRC.

List of Documents Required for Voluntary Registration of Foreign Organizations in Ukraine (Unofficial translation)

1. Copies of the statutory documents of the foreign organization, including information regarding its non-profit status, organizational structure and personnel.

2. A copy of a registration paperwork with the central national adoption authority or a copy of the license, issued by a competent governmental authority from the state of location of the foreign organization, that confirms that the organization is authorized to provide intercountry adoption services.

3. A referral letter from the central adoption authority or another competent governmental authority of the state where the organization is located, indicating that it can provide adoption services in Ukraine.

4. List of services for prospective adoptive parents provided by a foreign organization.

5. Commitment from the foreign organization to provide control over compliance with post-adoption registration requirements according to Ukrainian legislation, including searching for adoptive parents and children if the post-adoption reports are not submitted on time.

6. A sample of a standard contract from the organization with prospective adoptive parents, certified by the organization. This contract must include provisions on responsibility (penalties) for the adoptive parents in case they breach the adoption rules and procedures of Ukraine.

7. An informational letter about the foreign organization’s activities in Ukraine, indicating the period they have been working here, the number of completed adoptions and post-adoption reports.

8. Information about the individuals, authorized by the foreign organization to represent prospective adoptive parents (their full names, contact information) and a copy of the Power of Attorney, certified by the foreign organization.

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