Adoption Program

Small World is fortunate to have arguably the best incountry team of adoption professionals in Ukraine.  Our service providers are present throughout the country and knowledgable of all the orphanages in their area which make the experience for our families the best it can be in Ukraine.  Small World has been placing children for adoption from Ukraine since 1993. The adoption program in Ukraine has changed in some ways over the years, but children continue to find families through Small World. Approximately 600 children from Ukraine are placed into American homes each year.  Small World is proud to partner with Serge Zevlever as our liaison in the Ukraine

Children of Ukraine:

The Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine offers this website for review of children in the care of the Ukrainian Government.

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.


Small World walks with you through the entire process of your adoption. Small World employees communicate with you throughout the process of your home study and actually do your dossier for you as a service.Once you have an approved home study and have submitted your dossier to Ukraine, you will be invited to travel to Ukraine. The referral procedure is different from other countries. After arriving in Ukraine, you will be shown multiple referrals of children from which you will select a referral. 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. Referrals from Ukraine are for children 5 years and older in most cases. Once your adoption reaches the civil court and an adoption decree is issued, there will be a 30 day appeal period, after which that adoption decree goes into effect. At that point, you will be given physical custody of your child and be permitted to apply for a new birth certificate and passport for the child.

Please continue to monitor for updated information on inter-country adoption in Ukraine.

Small World, Inc. prohibits its employees and agents from giving money or other consideration, directly or indirectly, to a child’s parent(s), other individual(s), or an entity as payment for the child or as an inducement to release the child.  Any attempt to do so is grounds for immediate termination and report to all authorities necessary.

If permitted or required by the child’s country of origin, Small World may remit reasonable payments for activities related to the adoption proceedings, pre-birth and birth medical costs, the care of the child, the care of the birth mother while pregnant and immediately following birth of the child, or the provision of child welfare and child protection services generally.

Under no circumstances shall permitted or required contributions be remitted as payment for the child or as an inducement to release the child.  For any further questions concerning our Ukraine program please contact the Ukraine Program Director Christian Graham 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.  There must be at least 15 years or more of and age difference, between the youngest adoptive parent and the child.


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, may apply to adopt from Small World’s Ukraine program. Single women are only permitted to adopt from Ukraine if they are related to the adopted child.


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 single child

Agency Fees for sibling groups 50% discount each additional sibling adoption.

Dossier Fee (Includes shipping all documents, Authentication, Registration, and Translation of all documents throughout the adoption process) $1,600
Letter of Intent (per child) $1,500
Foreign Program Fee (per child unless indicated) The variation is due to diffences in cost of services and need of additional services in various cities and sections of Ukraine. $13,000-17,000
Post Adoption Services* (per child) $1,200

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

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

Total Adoption Cost:

Total Adoption Cost $35,495- $39,495


Payment Schedule

Application Fee Payment must accompany submission of application.
Services Agreement The signed services agreement must be returned to Small World along with the US Dept. of State Monitoring Fee (See Estimated Expenses) as the next step after the client’s application review. Transfer clients submit $1,250 of the agency fee at this time.
US State Dept. Monitoring Fee  In compliance with the mandate issued by the US State Department, this fee is collected by Small World and paid to the agency appointed by the US State Department for Monitoring and Oversight. The US State Department requires that the $500 (per child) fee be remitted following the finalized contract for services with your adoption agency. The payment will not be refunded by the Monitoring agency under any circumstance.
Home Study Fee Payment must be submitted at 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 GA/MO/TN, 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 an exempt provider contract agreement with your home study agency.
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. Transfer Clients Only: $1,250 is due upon contracting with SW, and the balance is due upon dossier transfer completion.
Post Adoption Services *$800 in Post Adoption Services, per child, must be submitted with the Home Study fee.  The post adoption services balance, per child, is due prior to travel and includes applicable translation fees.  For families residing outside of GA/MO/TN, case worker travel is billed separately and in advance of travel.
Post Adoption & Exempt Providers When post adoption reports are completed by a Small World pre-approved exempt provider, the client will be eligible for a Post Adoption Services discount. To be eligible for the discount, the pre-approved exempt provider must be under contract with Small World prior to client travel to the foreign country.  Applicable discounts will be applied to the post adoption balance due prior to travel.
Dossier Prep & Registration Fee Includes applicable translation fees. Payment must accompany the first, original documents submitted to Small World for processing. Approved dossier documents will not be sent for authentication/apostille until the Dossier Fee is paid in full.
Letter of Intent  Includes applicable translation fees. Payment to Small World must accompany the document packet indicating that you intend to pursue a specific child for adoption.  Submission of the intent to pursue a particular child for adoption does not guarantee approval by the foreign country.
Foreign Program Fee The foreign program fee includes funds required by the foreign supervised provider, exit documents, applicable translation fees, and program development. Due to exchange rates and external costs, foreign program fees are subject to change. Orphanages in China request that adoptive families make a contribution to the orphanage for the care of the child and preparation of the child’s file which made them eligible for adoption. The average contribution requested by orphanages in China is $5,100. When agreed to by the client, the orphanage donation contribution is included in the foreign program fee invoiced prior to travel.

For China, the published foreign program fee assumes the full, standard orphanage donation contribution. Details regarding Small World’s process for the orphanage donation contribution can be found at . The estimated foreign program fee and the estimated in-China travel is billed upon receiving I800 and is due prior to TA arrival. The estimate is updated to reflect actual costs upon receiving the final cost list from China after the requested itinerary is finalized. If the actual costs are lower than the estimate, the resulting overpayment will be credited back to the family. If the actual costs are higher than the estimate, the resulting underpayment must be remitted to Small World prior to departing for Gotcha Day. This invoice will include a 3% payment processing fee for the applicable amount paid online.

For all other countries, half of the Foreign Program Fee is 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 months apart. If you choose 1 trip your stay will be approximately 3 – 4 months in Ukraine.

Your trip to Ukraine will occur approximately 4-6 weeks after receiving an invitation from the  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 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.


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.