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Adoption of Children Who are Citizens of Ukraine
Citizens of Canada, who have expressed an interest in adopting
a child who is a citizen of Ukraine, should make a written
declaration of intent to the Center for Child Adoption of the
Ministry of Education of Ukraine (address: 252032 Kyiv, 27 Taras
Shevchenko Street, telephone 216-2721) or through their
appropriate Ukrainian Embassy or Consulate in Canada regarding
their placement on a list of candidates for adoption and the
right to visit corresponding governmental agencies for the
selection, visitation, and adoption processes involving such
Accompanying such declaration should be the following
1. Declaration executed by the competent authority of the
resident country of the candidates being registered, which
confirms the candidates capacity to be registered, including his
status as a homeowner or renter of an acceptable residence,
biographical information, familial status - whether married, for
how long, how many children and their ages, all other relevant
personal information; in the event that the declaration is made
by a non governmental authority, attached should be a copy of the
authorization by competent government authority permitting such
fulfillment of this requirement for the adoption;
2. Permits of the competent governmental authority where the
candidates reside allowing the child to be adopted to enter and
legally reside within its jurisdiction;
3. Document regarding receipts, earnings, income (bank
statement showing the annual income of the family);
4. Medical certificate regarding the health of each candidate
5. Copy of marriage certificate (provided those candidates
making the declaration are married);
6. Declaration by the competent legal authority for each
candidate being registered stating that no criminal activity has
ever been engaged in by such candidate;
7. Guarantee of those adopting at the time of adoption of the
child that registration of the child will be made within one
month at the Ukrainian Embassy or Consulate in the area in which
they reside and updated information will be provided each year
regarding the upbringing of the child, it being understood that
the candidates guarantee the right of the Consulate's
representatives to visit the child and that the child shall
remain a citizen of Ukraine until his eighteenth birthday.
The documents noted shall be legally notarized by the
documentary seal of the Notary Public, and authenticated by a
Document Authentication Officer of the Department of Foreign
Affairs of Canada.
The documents should be translated into the Ukrainian language.
The translation should be validated by written approval in the
appropriate Ukrainian Embassy or Consulate or in the offices of
the government notary in the territory of Ukraine.
The Center examines the adoption documents presented by the
candidates, puts these candidates on a waiting list, gives them
necessary information regarding the children available for
adoption, including all information which would be necessary for
adoption, and then gives detailed information regarding where the
candidates should present themselves in order to meet with the
children who can be adopted.
For the decision of questions regarding the possibility of
adoption of certain children by foreign citizens, written notice
should be given to the appropriate department of education in the
city where the child resides.
For the resolution of questions regarding the adoption of a child
who is a citizen of Ukraine, foreign citizens should address the
Center for all permits necessary to finalize the adoption.
At the time foreign citizens seek to finalize their application
for the adoption of a specific child, the Center examines all
necessary materials and gives written permission for the
processing of the adoption or, at that time, a written denial in
Adoption of the child, who is a citizen of Ukraine, for foreign
citizens is effected by the decision of the city (raion) court
for granting adoption orders.
No payments are to be made by candidates for the adoption of a
child except those related to covering incidental office expense.
The receipt of any type of payment or favor for the granting of
the adoption is forbidden.
No person acting in an introductory or intermediary capacity is
allowed to accept any kind of payment for having facilitated the
adoption of a child.
In the name of and in the interest of citizens who request the
adoption of a child, other individuals may act by specific
written power-of-attorney for the purpose of effecting the
correct legal transfer of the child except in the following
Candidates for the adoption prior to a decision being made are
to familiarize themselves with the
documents related to adoption of the child, including oversight
of the state of the child's health;
to meet and establish contact with the child.
Attendance of the candidates seeking to adopt at the time of
examination of the adoption papers in court is mandatory.
The candidates are personally obliged:
The enabling acts of Ukraine which govern issues of adoption
1. Civil Code of Ukraine.
2. Civil Procedure Code of Ukraine.
3. Code for Marriage and Family in Ukraine.
4. Order giving children, who are citizens of Ukraine, the
right to be adopted by Ukrainian citizens and foreign citizens
and the stating control verification regarding their living with
the adoptive family (Passed by the Cabinet of Ministers of
Ukraine, effective from July 20, 1996, No. 775).
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