Ukraine: State Department Confirmations on New Legislation

11/23/05

The State Department has just confirmed information regarding adoptions from Ukraine. First, the legislation that will officially move adoption processing to the Ministry of Family, Youth and Sports has passed through the Ukrainian Congress. It is now awaiting presidential signature to go into effect. There is no time frame for when the transition will be complete or when the Ministry will be prepared to accept dossiers.

Currently, the NAC has agreed to accept dossiers for children who fit into one of the following three categories:

1) the child is older than 10 years of age

2) the child has an identified handicap

3) the child has biological siblings who have been adopted by the family pursuing his or her adoption

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