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Adoption in Ukraine

Adoption in Ukraine During Wartime

During martial law, foreigners, citizens of Ukraine who temporarily or permanently reside abroad, or in temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine CANNOT become adoptive parents.

The main reason for this decision is the inability to ensure compliance with the adoption procedure and to monitor the living conditions of the child. For example, a check of the family’s living conditions is required, but there are no resources for child welfare workers to travel abroad. Another argument in favor of the ban was that people who have left the country are themselves in a crisis.

The issue of restoring intercountry adoption is currently not even being considered.

Currently, the legislation establishes that for these citizens, adoption will be resumed three months after the end of martial law. An exception is possible for cases where foreigners or citizens of Ukraine residing outside Ukraine are relatives of the child.

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