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International Ukraine Adoption

An international Ukraine adoption can be done independently, without the assistance and additional cost of an agency. But you do have to know what you are doing, a prospect many families found intimidating...until now. Thanks to the generous help of an adoptive mom with an amazing story of her own, you can do just that.

One Mom's Story

Immediately after giving birth to her second son, Cathy Harris was determined to pursue the adoption of a daughter. Her own mother was adopted, and she had recently discovered that her mother had Ukrainian roots. Cathy knew she wanted to adopt a little girl from the Ukraine.

She eventually contacted an adoption agency that took her money and did nothing. In frustration she eventually turned to an attorney who promised to facilitate an international Ukraine adoption for much less. She got her paperwork together and flew to the Ukraine.

And that's when the nightmare began. She had paid her Florida-based attorney with the understanding that the money would cover all costs in the Ukraine. But once she was actually in the Ukraine, she had to pay for extra expenses, including a $100 taxi ride.

Plus, officials were hostile towards her, and she later learned her attorney had a reputation for selling babies.

Help from Ukrainian Friends

With the help of contacts she made in the Ukraine, she did eventually adopt both a daughter and a son. These same kind people also helped when she later returned to the Ukraine to adopt another son independently without the assistance of attorneys.

Soon Cathy Harris started assisting others in their pursuit of adopting independently from Ukraine, and since her first trip to Ukraine in 1999, she has helped more than 1,000 families adopt independently, saving them thousands of dollars in agency fees.

Length of Time Required

If you pursue an independent Ukraine adoption, expect the process to take you less than a year, or even shorter, depending on what time of the year you start the process. If you want a shorter time frame, you are better off gathering your documents in the fall and submitting them in the early spring.

The Process

To start an international Ukraine adoption, you will need to get an I-171H approval from the USCIS. You will also need to gather documents for your dossier. Also, if you do not already have one, you will need to apply for a passport.

Submitting Your Paperwork

To pursue an international Ukraine adoption, you will need to submit your dossier to the State Department for Adoptions and Protection of Rights of the Child, also known as the SDAPRC. The SDAPRC will assign a translator for your documents.

Because the SDAPRC only accepts dossiers until they reach their quota for the year, you will need to submit your dossier early in the year. Once the agency has reached its quota, it shuts down and reopens the following year.

Getting a Travel Date

Once you submit your dossier, you will be notified of a travel date within three to four weeks of submitting your dossier. Expect the travel date to be three to four months later.

Want to Learn More?

If you would like to pursue an international Ukraine adoption without having to use an agency, contact Cathy Harris at Ukrainian Angels.

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