Adoption Program

Small World has been placing children for adoption from Ukraine since 1993. The adoption program in Ukraine has changed slightly in recent months, but children are finding families through Small World. Approximately 600 children from Ukraine are placed into American homes each year.

Americans are sought to adopt Ukrainian children. Children with mild special needs are available.

This Small World Adoption Program qualifies for financial grants by the foundations who partner with Small World.  The granting foundations are solely responsible for approving or denying prospective adoptive parents.   

Grant Application information may be obtained by emailing


Families wishing to adopt from Ukraine can expect to be registered soon after the completion of your homestudy and given a submission date for the dossier usually 4 or 5 months into the process. You can expect to receive an invitation to travel in approximately 6 weeks after your dossier is submitted in Kiev. Families travel to select a referral from the children available. Referrals from Ukraine are for children 4 years and older. Typically the children offered to families are subject to those coming available at the time you arrive. So there is an element of the random selection.

You have a choice of 1 or 2 trips to complete your adoption in Ukraine. If you choose 2 trips the first will be approximately 3 weeks. Your second trip will be approximately 2 – 3 weeks. These trips will be approximately 2 – 4 weeks apart. If you choose 1 trip your stay will be approximately 6 weeks in Ukraine.

Blond hair and blue eyes are prevalent among the children of Ukraine. There are plenty of dark haired precious children available in Ukraine.

The referral procedure is different from other countries. Adoptive parents can expect to be offered children with mild to severe special needs during most interviews with the occasional availability of children in good health.

Throughout the adoption process your child is cared for in an orphanage. Small World walks with you through the entire process of your adoption. Small World employees communicate with you throughout the process of your homestudy and actually do your dossier for you as a service.

Small World’s English speaking Representatives meet you at the plane upon arrival in Kiev, guide and accompany you through every step of the adoption process. Our representatives will walk you through everything up to the point you get your child’s visa from the US Consulate. Small World Representatives will accompany you to the airport for your departure from Ukraine back to your home with your child.

For any further questions concerning our Ukraine program please contact the Ukraine Program Director Jim Savley at



The age requirement for Small World’s Ukraine adoption program is that each applicant be at least 25 years old at the time your dossier is registered with Ukraine. Generally there should be no more than 45 years age difference between the mother and the child although this rule is flexible.


Small World’s Ukraine adoption program requires that a family’s income can support the addition of a child.


Ukraine places no restriction on how many children are already in your home. Referrals of boys and girls are available. Siblings are occasionally available.

Marital Status

Married heterosexual couples who have been married for at least 2 years and single heterosexual females only may apply to adopt from Small World’s Ukraine program.


In accordance with Small World’s mission statement, our Ukraine adoption program is open to Christian families only.

Post Adoption

The Ukrainian Government  requires that the adoptive family via Small World complete one Post Adoption visit and Translated report with photographs and progress overviews be completed and delivered to the Ukrainian  Government each year from the adoption date until the child reaches the age of 18.

For further information, please contact Kerri Tracy, Director of Post Placement Services.

Documents for your Dossier


Fees for Ukraine adoption paid to Small World:

Application  $250
Home Study $2,000
Agency Fee $6,000
Dossier Fee (Includes shipping all documents, Authentication, Registration, and Translation of all documents throughout the adoption process) $1,600
Acceptance of Referral $500
Foreign Program Fee (Per child unless indicated) $9,000 (1 or more children)
Post Adoption Services (Based on reports, per child)* $400

Estimated Expenses for Ukraine adoption above fees paid to Small World:

Document procurement  $500
USCIS Application $775
FBI Fingerprints ($85 per adult living in the home) $170
Roundtrip Air from US (2 adults returning with 1 child) $4,000
Hotel/Ground Trans. (2 adults plus the adopted child) $3,000

Total Adoption Cost:

Total Adoption Cost $28,595


Payment Schedule

Application Fee Payment must accompany submission of application.
Services Agreement The signed services agreement must be returned to Small World as the next step after the client’s application has been accepted by Small World. No payment with the Services Agreement is required.
Home Study Fee Payment must be submitted prior to the initiation of Home Study services. The Home Study packet will not be sent and work will not begin until the Home Study fee is paid. Payments for updates are due at the time services are requested. For families residing outside of TN/MO/GA, case worker travel is billed separately and in advance of travel.
Home Study Review Fee All Home Studies are reviewed by our professional reviewers. If your Home Study is prepared by an agency other than Small World, a Home Study review fee of $200 is due at the time Small World enters into a contractual agreement with your Home Study provider.
Agency Fee Payment must be submitted at the time of the completed Homestudy. No further work may be performed toward the adoption until the agency fee is received by Small World. The agency fee for each additional child adopted simultaneously with the first child for most programs is eligible for a 50% discount.
Post Adoption Services *Payment for a 2 report service period, per child, must be submitted with the Home Study fee. The report fee balance, per child, is due prior to travel. The number and frequency of reports required varies by country. Please contact the appropriate program director for report schedules. For families residing outside of TN/MO/GA, case worker travel is billed separately and in advance of travel.
PAR Processing Fee Post Adoption Reports prepared by agencies other than Small World require a processing fee of $100 per report approved by Small World to be completed by a pre-approved exempt provider. PAR processing fees for all reports are due prior to travel.
Dossier Prep & Registration Fee Payment must accompany the first, original documents submitted to Small World for processing.
Acceptance of Referral Payment to Small World must accompany your “Acceptance of Referral” document for each child. Submission of the intent to accept a referral does not guarantee approval by the foreign country.
Foreign Program Fee Half of the Foreign Program Fee us due at the time of I800 or I600 approval, and the balance is due prior to travel.


Country And Culture

smallUkraine is a country in Eastern Europe. It borders Russia to the north-east, Belarus to the north, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary to the west, Romania and Moldova to the south-west, and the Black Sea and Sea of Azov to the south. The historic city of Kiev (Kyiv) is the country’s capital.

The territory of present-day Ukraine was a centre of medieval East Slavic civilization forming the state of Kievan Rus, and for the following several centuries the territory was divided between a number of regional powers. After a brief period of independence (1917–1921) following the Russian Revolution of 1917, Ukraine became one of the founding Soviet Republics in 1922. The Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic’s territory was enlarged westward after the Second World War, and again in 1954 with the Crimea transfer. In 1945 Ukrainian SSR became one of the co-founder members of the United Nations. It became independent again after the Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991.

Recent History

Ukraine was initially viewed as a republic with favorable economic conditions in comparison to the other regions of the Soviet Union. However, the country experienced deeper economic slowdown than the other republics. Over the time of the recession Ukraine lost 60% of its GDP, and suffered five-digit inflation rates.

Dissatisfied with the economic conditions, as well as crime and corruption, Ukrainians protested and went on strikes. In 1994 the President Kravchuk agreed to hold presidential elections ahead of schedule, in which he lost the presidential post to former Prime-Minister Leonid Kuchma.

Under Kuchma, who served two terms as the President, the Ukrainian economy stabilized by the end of 1990s, and started to grow in early 2000s. A new Constitution of Ukraine was adopted in 1996, which turned Ukraine into a semi-presidential republic, and established a stable political system. Kuchma was, however, criticized by opponents for concentrating too much of power in his office, corruption, transferring public property into hands of loyal oligarchs, discouraging free speech, and vote manipulations.

In 2004, Viktor Yushchenko was elected as the President in controversial elections accompanied by a series of protests and political events known as The Orange Revolution. Yulia Tymoshenko was appointed as a Prime-Minister while Viktor Yanukovych was cast in opposition.

In 2006, Verkhovna Rada elections took place in March, and three months later the official government was formed by the “Anti-Crisis Coalition” among the Party of Regions, Communist Party, and Socialist Party of Ukraine. The latter party switched from the “Orange Coalition” with Our Ukraine, and the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc. The new coalition nominated Viktor Yanukovych for the post of Prime Minister, while the leader of Socialist Party, Oleksander Moroz managed to secure the Chairman of parliament position.

In 2010, Viktor Yanukovych and his pro-Russian “Party of Regions” won the elections. 2013 the Ukrainian People protested against Yanukovych and wanted a pro-European course by the government. These protests were called “EuroMaidan”. The key figures of the opposition were Yulia Tymoshenko, Vitali Klitschko and Oleh Tyahnybok. As a result prime minister Mykola Azarov resigned and Yanukovich was discontinued on February 22, 2014 by the parliament.

After the fall of Yanukovych pro-russian peninsula Crimea declared its indepence from Ukraine on March 11, 2014. On March 17, 2014 Crimean parliament decided that Crimea belongs to Russia. As a result of the annexion of Crimea people in Eastern Ukraine like Donetsk or Kharkiv wanted to join Russia. On May 11, 2014 a referendum in Eastern Ukraine was held. Most people voted for indepence of eastern region, but Ukrainian government ignores the will of the people. The Donetsk People’s Republic and the Luhansk People’s Republic created an confederation called “Federal State of Novorossiya”.

After the fall of Yanukovych, Petro Poroshenko was elected as new president of Ukraine in June 2014 and Arseniy Yatsenyuk became prime minister.


You have a choice of 1 or 2 trips to complete your adoption in Ukraine. If you choose 2 trips the first will be about 3 weeks and the second for about 1 week. These trips will be approximately 2 – 4 weeks apart. If you choose 1 trip your stay will be approximately 4- 6 weeks in Ukraine.

Your trip to Ukraine will occur approximately 4-6 weeks after receiving an invitation from the State Department for Adoption in Kiev. Both parents must travel to Ukraine.

International Travel can be frustrating for even the most seasoned traveler. Small World’s staff will work to make this a very smooth process for you and ensure that your adoption travel experience is relaxed rather than frustrating.

We give you guidance and information to help with planning your international travel. At Small World, we allow you to arrange the international flight to accommodate your own travel preferences. Our guides will assist you to handle all the arrangements for you inside Ukraine.

Upon Arrival in Ukraine, you will be greeted by one of our English-speaking staff members. Our Ukrainian staff prides themselves on 24-hour service to you. Each step of the process is arranged for you both for the adoption and pleasure.

More information on the statistics of Small World’s program is available upon request, including the number of adoption placements per year, number of applicants per year, and where possible, the number of children eligible for adoption. Please contact the Program Director via the info form to the right of this page if you wish to receive to discuss this information.