International Adoption from UKRAINE

There are many HIV positive children aged 5 and older waiting to be adopted in Ukraine. Here is one adoption story.

Adoptions can be processed with an agency or independently although independent adoption with a facilitator seems to be the popular route for HIV+ adoptions.

Reece’s Rainbow has some adoption photolistings.

Here is the link to the Adoption From Ukraine support group. You will also find lots of great information at

Requirements according to Adoption.State.GovFRUA and Reece’s Rainbow:

Age Requirements: Applicants must be at least 21 years of age (according to US State Dept) OR 23 years of age (according to FRUA) and there is no upper age limit. If only one of the adoptive parents complies with these age requirements, the adoption can be completed in the eligible parent’s name only. Prior divorce is acceptable and there are no restrictions on the number of children already living in the home.

Marriage Requirements: Heterosexual married couples only.

Other Requirements: According to Reece’s Rainbow, adoptive parents must have no history of mental health conditions or infectious diseases and no criminal history.

Travel: Both parents travel for 2 1/2 weeks to attend court, then both parents return home for 3 weeks. Only one parent must return to complete the adoption, approximately 14 days.  Or, you can do 1-trip option and expect to be in Ukraine about 31 days. If desired, one parent can come home early.

The Children: For HIV adoptions, children are aged 5 to 15 years at time of referral. Younger child adoptions are not currently allowed for children with HIV. Multiple unrelated children can be adopted at the same time.

Timeline: This is one of the faster international adoption programs, ranging from 6-12 months depending how quickly you complete your dossier.