Three Years and Counting

March 1st, 2011

3It's been a little over three years since we brought our youngest child, Maddie, home from Ukraine. It seems like just yesterday I stepped off that plane in Kansas City with the Madster and ran into my family's arms - exhausted from spending three weeks by myself in Ukraine, but amazed at the bond Maddie and I were slowly building. Over the last 1,096 days we've worked hard on that bond. We have spent a lot of time teaching her what family is...learning how to navigate through some post-orphanage stuff and helping her to adapt to the listening world. Today, I can honestly say...I am Maddie's mom. She believes it...and I KNOW it. Sure, she still would walk away with a stranger...but now she would… [more]

The Greatest Story in the World

January 26th, 2011
Posted By: on Ukraine Adoption

1145735_reading_books_at_homeI have done some research this morning and found that there is no change to the status of Ukraine at this time. It is still open for adoption applications. So, we have 'time on our hands.' I think that this would be a good opportunity to tell you about a dear family that is in my neighborhood. Neighborhood might be a stretch since I live in the middle of nowhere with no close neighbors....but we will call it that because  I can drive to their house in 10-15 minutes. That's close out here in ruralville. Anyway, this family went to (then Russia) but probably Ukraine and adopted two little girls. One was around eight, the other two...ish. Neither girl spoke any English. That was many… [more]

Ukraine…Open…?

January 12th, 2011
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937195_-globe_in_hand-The country of Ukraine lies between the border countries of the Russian Federation and Moldova/Romania. It is a country that has been hit with great strife and economical hardships during its connection with and since its separation from the USSR. There are struggles for power and control that have resulted in mass poverty and depression. Alcoholism is a significant result of the depression that overshadows this country. According to a recent source, as many as twenty-five thousand children have entered orphanages in this country in the recent years. The need is incredible. Yet, need is not enough in some cases. As of November 2010, the Ukrainian government is trying to pass a moratorium [ to cease] "intercountry adoptions from countries without bilateral agreements… [more]

Change in Ukrainian Adoption Regulations

December 11th, 2008
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Effective December 1, 2008 Resolution #905 went into effect in Ukraine. The Resolution, which was introduced to new regulation for adoptions and the protection of rights for adopted children, sets regulations which govern the registration of abandoned children at the local, regional and central levels. In addition to the changes made regarding registration of abandoned children, it also describes the process for both domestic and intercountry adoptions. For a more detail description of the changes, read below: The Ukrainian Adoption Homestudy Starting December 1, 2008 the adoption homestudy should include the following items: - Home Address - Living Conditions (# of bedrooms, living space and conditions for the adopted child) - Biographical Information of the adoptive parents, household members (all members residing in the home, including their relationship to the adoptive parents) as well as… [more]

Americans Hit Dossier Quota

July 2nd, 2007
Posted By: on Ukraine Adoption

Don't Panic If you are preparing a dossier or waiting to submit a dossier, please read the entire post. This blog is just information reframed. Nothing has changed on dossier submissions. As the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy states: DON'T PANIC Well this just blows rotten eggs. My hope for 2007 was that everyone who wanted to adopt, could adopt. I don't think this is going to happen. Ukraine controls the number of adoptions via a quota system. They will allow around 2,000 dossiers to be submitted for international adoption. And we are half way through 2007. It looks like Americans will max out their dossier quota. If things keeping going the same, we might hit the max in October. Or we might hit another shutdown in… [more]

Ukrainian Adoptive Family Blogroll

June 26th, 2007
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Ukraine Adoption Blogroll My favorite blogs from 1997 to 2005 are found here and include some single adoptive parent blogs. This blogroll will contain recent 2006 and 2007 Ukrainian adoption blogs. I will try to update it once a week (or more if I find interesting blogs). The date/time stamp on this blog will indicate when it was updated. If I add a link or a family's status changes, I will mark it with *NEW*. Post a comment below or email me at adoptukraineblog@adoptionmail.com if you have a blog and want it added to the list. I love Reece's Rainbow. I have known this charity's founder, Andrea Roberts, via email for some time. She features families who are adopting Down's… [more]

Why Ukraine Adoption Law Didn’t Change

June 14th, 2007
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Categories: * Current Status *

ukraine politics what a tangle Why did President Yushchenko veto bill 2562? I have translated a letter from Yushchenko to Parliament to help answer this question. Quick disclaimer: I don't earn a living translating Ukrainian to English. I may have screwed up some of the words. I used machine translation to help me out. If you have a better translation please share it. I freely admit that I took some liberties with translation. I was trying to match the spirit of the message rather then exact words. And anything in parenthesis are my best guess at Yushchenko's thoughts. If Yushchenko actually shared his thoughts, then I will hyperlink to them. Otherwise take this as a joke. I don't really read… [more]

Super Happy Day – Adoption Law Isn’t Changed

June 13th, 2007
Posted By: on Ukraine Adoption
Categories: * Current Status *

Laugh Ukraine Adoption First came Happy Day and then Happy Day 2... Now we have Super Happy Day. Ukrainian adoption law still hasn't changed. Ukrainian President Yushchenko vetoed bill 2562. This bill would have made adoption by single men and women illegal. And would have restricted adoptive parent's ages (+45 rules). The SDA continues to illegally refuse single men's dossiers or return them. I would love to start a letter complaint compaign about this. But it would be counter productive. SINGLE MEN don't let the SDA get away with this. Politely stand up for your rights. Hire a Ukrainian lawyer if you aren't making progress. I know a single man who adopted from Dnipropetrovsk in 2001. This is the hardest region to… [more]

Happy Day 2 – Adoption Law Isn’t Changed

June 12th, 2007
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Categories: * Current Status *

Laugh Ukraine Adoption I was pretty happy back on June 7. All signs pointed to bill 2562 NOT becoming law. Ukrainian adoption laws would stay the same. Single men and woman could adopt. +45 adoptive parents could adopt without restriction. jpandersen correctly cautioned that President Yushchenko had 10 days to sign or veto the bill. Today (June 12) is the 10th day. The news continues to be good. forUm listed 18 laws that the President signed. The adoption law wasn't signed. I haven't been told the bill was vetoed. But I received information from an Ukrainian adoption faciliator that I greatly trust. This bill won't become law. But remember this is just one man's opinion. The SDAPRC is still limiting single men and… [more]

Happy Day – Adoption Law Isn’t Changed

June 7th, 2007
Posted By: on Ukraine Adoption
Categories: * Current Status *

Laugh Ukraine Adoption I am 99.9% sure this is the final answer. Ukraine isn't going to restrict older adoptive parents. And single women and single men adoption is still legal. Bill 2562 was sent to Ukrainian President Yushchenko on May 29. This bill would put age restrictions on adoptive parents and make single "foreigner" adoption illegal. But he has stated that he won't sign any bills from the illegitimate VRU. VRU is also known as Verkhovna Rada, Rada, Ukrainian parliament, Верховна Рада України or Supreme Council. The word Rada just means council. So where does VRU come from? Because Rada is so generic it will sometimes be written down as Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. On June 6 President Yushchenko met… [more]