WHY ADOPT INDEPENDENTLY
The truth about Ukraine
is that there is no adoption agency participation required in the adoption
process. ALL adoptions in Ukraine
are, in fact, independent.
Let us explain. There is absolutely no U.S. or Ukraine Adoption Agency allowed or
licensed to operate in Ukraine
according to Ukrainian laws. Any U.S. Adoption Agency that you may
consider using for your adoption turns to us (or another local service
similar to ours). ADOPTION AGENCIES SIMPLY ARE NOT RECOGNIZED IN UKRAINE. Although legitimate adoption agencies
may (and do) assist with paperwork, their primary function, that of selecting
orphans and then matching them with families is the responsibility, by law,
of the State Department for Adoption and Protection of Rights of the Child,
(SDAPRC) of Ukraine. “Then
what do Adoption Agencies do for their fees?” Good question. The answer is that they assist
Prospective Adoptive Parents in preparing the necessary paperwork that will
be required both in the U.S.
and in Ukraine. All adoptive families, once they
arrive in Ukraine,
become independent. They take the
paperwork that has been prepared to a local translator who submits these
documents to the State Department for Adoption and Protection of Rights of
the Child, known simply by its acronym - SDAPRC. This local translator then works with
you to complete the adoption.
Please note what American Embassy
in Kiev, Ukraine
comments in this regard: “With the number of foreign adoptions in
Ukraine growing, adoption
facilitation has become a booming business in Ukraine. Under current Ukrainian
law, no adoption agencies or agents can be officially licensed in Ukraine, i.e.
no commercial intermediaries may take part in the process of adoption”.
All an adoption agency can do is
assist you through a process that some people perceive as mysterious and
complicated with only a few, so called, “experts” having the
knowledge to find their way through the maze of complicated bureaucracies and
government regulations. The truth
is that since adoption agencies are not allowed to operate in Ukraine, they
may only help you by supplying you with, and helping you fill out these
forms. They may further help
their clients by recommending or locating an agency or social worker to
perform your home study. Then
when all of the required steps have been completed, the assembled documents
are then turned over to someone (like us) in Ukraine who will act as your
translator. At this point, all of
the work will have been done by you, the prospective parents. You will
have paid the agency all of the fees incurred by the social worker (or
agency), translator, and others in the chain with a hefty fee added on for
In other words, all an adoption
agency can do is charge you a fee for helping you find someone qualified to
do your home study, supply you with copies of all the necessary forms
required by the U.S. government, and send these forms in for you (or most
just tell you where to send them).
You are then passed off to a translator you may have never heard of in
who is being paid indirectly by you.
Since you are not paying them directly, their primary obligation may
not be to you, but to the agency that pays them. Their main concern is often not you,
or your adoption, but rather making the most money they can for the
agency. They may even help with
other necessary further steps in the process, but most often, for additional
The ironic thing is that we do all
of these steps (and more) for you without added cost to you. We can assist you with the knowledge
and requirements for each step in the process. We guide you on where and how to
obtain the required documents. We
can even help by giving you guidelines necessary as you select the person or
agency needed to do your home study.
Of all the necessary documents,
the home study is by far the most important. By using these guidelines, that we can
supply you with on request, you may save not only money, but time and
aggravation. We give you these
guidelines at no charge on how to select an agency or social worker who will
have your interest at heart. No
family should live in fear of a social worker or agency that seems intent on
bringing non-relevant material into a home study that might harm the chances
of an adoption or cause embarrassment to the family.
In addition to home study
guidelines, we will also instruct you on how to assemble the items you will
need like birth certificates, marriage licenses, and other documents. Additionally we will
direct you how to have the documents Apostilled, a necessary process done by
the Secretary of State where you live.
When the package is completed and you have paid our non refundable
fee, we will have you fax it to us.
If, at that point, all of the paperwork is correct, we will have you
FedEx it to us while we use the faxed copies to begin our translation
work. When your documents arrive
we will then attach the translated copies to them, have them notarized
locally, and then submit your completed dossier for clearance to the State
Department for Adoption and Protection of Rights of the Child, (SDAPRC).
A final word of caution: Please beware of (so called)
facilitators in Ukraine.
These are the people who say they will allegedly mainstream your process in Ukraine. Very
often many of them do not know enough English to communicate with you, yet
they will profess their competence and skills by saying they “know
someone somewhere". Take the time to visit the official web page of the Embassy of Ukraine in Washington, DC
and read Consular Information on Adoption of Children who are Citizens of
Ukraine by Foreign Citizens "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". http://www.ukremb.com/consular/adoption.html
When you, as prospective parents
of an adopted Ukrainian child, understand that, in Ukraine, all adoptions
are, in fact, independent, and that you will be doing almost all of the work
anyway, we think you will come to the conclusion that it makes perfect sense
to adopt independently and use us as your translators. We are ready to provide you with all
necessary information and sample forms.
We will also direct you to what documents are needed and where they
may be obtained in the USA. Next we will guide you on how to
assemble all of the paperwork yourself.
We will guide you each step of the way and when your package is
concluded, we will check it for completeness and accuracy. We will then have it translated for
you and send it to the SDAPRC for clearance, and then when approved, we will
submit the proper paperwork asking for your appointment for the selection of
When you fly to Ukraine for your appointment we
will be there at each step of the process to translate for you both written
and verbal requirements. We will
be at your side from the time you visit the SPAPRC to select your child, and
through every government office and orphanage as necessary to find and bring
“your” child into your home and family. We are Christian Independent
Entrepreneurs - Registered Translators with more than six years of experience
in helping families and orphans find each other.
Our Families Speak About
Adopting Independently From Ukraine:
"When we originally began
our process of adoption, we did not know of or consider independent
adoption. We began with an
agency, then moved on to a popular independent organization who helps
prospective adoptive parents to gather and inspect their paperwork. Soon into the process, we discovered
that the word "expedite" as we defined it was not interpreted the
same by those we were paying to help us.
Even after paying for the service we realized that if our adoption was
to move forward we would need to find someone who shared our idea of
speed. Both of us were moved by
the testimony of a couple whose small new child, upon learning to speak
English asked them a heart wrenching question. The child asked: "Mommy, if you
loved me, why did you let me stay there so long?" Driven by this question from a small
child we finally found Kostya, who agreed with us that there was no need for
delay. Independent adoption with
Kostya at, and on, our side made the difference and within eight weeks of
accepting his service, we flew home with our daughter. No adoption agency could have
accomplished what Kostya and his team did for us. The equally amazing part of the whole
process was even with the expense we wasted on the other "expediter",
we still saved thousands of dollars and a lot of time had we stayed with an
agency. Jerry and Jennifer Moellenkamp
adoption is the best route to go since the US based adoption agency is really
just a middle-man to locate reliable services in the Ukraine. The adopting couple, not
the adoption agency, does most of the pre-travel legwork. The financial
savings in not using a US
agency can be as much as $25,000. We were thrilled with the caring service we
received from Kostya, and have heartily recommended him to several couples
since our adoption". Jim and Rachelle Neal
is unique in that their laws advocate independent adoption. For those parents
who desire a hands-on experience, we have found that the use of a competent
Ukrainian translator and a U.S.
social worker is all that is truly necessary to navigate through a Ukrainian
and LaurieAnn Marks
“Make plans by seeking advice...” (Prov. 20:18, NIV).
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