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Ukraine Adoption Update:

March 9, 2022

From the US State Department Office of Children's Issues

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"Ukraine Update

 

March 9, 2022

The Office of Children’s Issues has received many inquiries from prospective adoptive parents (PAPs) at all stages of the adoption process in Ukraine who are understandably concerned about the safety of the children.     

Many families have previously hosted the child they wish to adopt and hope to find a mechanism to bring the child to the United States until the crisis in Ukraine resolves.  We are also hearing from hosting organizations and other humanitarian groups who seek information about how to bring Ukrainian children to the United States outside of the intercountry adoption process.  Right now, the situation in Ukraine is fluid. We are in touch with Ukrainian authorities who have expressed concern about moving children out of Europe at this point. Our understanding is that children may depart Ukraine with their legal guardians, who are often the orphanage directors, if other required criteria are met. The Ukrainian government has confirmed they are not approving children to participate in host programs at this time and are taking measures to ensure their safety in neighboring countries.  

We will continue to seek clarifications from the Ukrainian government for how parents with final court approval and final orders of adoption may proceed.  PAPs may find helpful Information for U.S. Citizens In the Process of Adopting in Ukraine on our website.   

We are in close touch with the Ukrainian government which confirms that most children have already been evacuated to Poland and are receiving all appropriate care, including specialized medical treatment, as necessary.      

We hope this confirmation that the Ukrainian government is monitoring the children’s safety and care will bring some relief to families seeking to adopt.  We appreciate your assistance in sharing the Ukrainian government’s efforts with your clients who are in earlier stages of the process and to any concerned individuals or organizations that may consult with your agency.    

The situation is evolving. We will continue to communicate with the Ukrainian government and will provide further updates as they become available."

 

 

February 14, 2022

US State Department Office of Children's Issues had a call with ASP to discuss processing moving forward in light of the closure of consular services in Ukraine.  Please contact us if you have questions if you have an Referral Appointment or if you need to submit an I600 in country.  Obviously with the Embassy closed your case will need to be redirected and you cannot just request an appointment at another neighboring US Embassy and submit your paperwork.    Please call the agency if you have questions.  This process is constantly moving and is fluid so have patience as we seek further clarifications. 

February 11, 2022

The following is from the US Embassy Kyiv.

Ukraine – Level 4: Do Not Travel                                       

Do not travel to Ukraine due to the increased threats of Russian military action and COVID-19those in Ukraine should depart now via commercial or private means. If remaining in Ukraine, exercise increased caution due to crime, civil unrest, and potential combat operations should Russia take military action.  Some areas have increased risk.  Read the entire Travel Advisory.

On January 23, 2022, the Department of State authorized the voluntary departure of U.S. direct hire employees (USDH) and ordered the departure of eligible family members (EFM) from Embassy Kyiv due to the continued threat of Russian military action. U.S. citizens should not travel to Ukraine, and those in Ukraine should depart now using commercial or other privately available transportation options.

There are continued reports of a Russian military build-up on the border with Ukraine, indicating potential for significant military action against Ukraine. The security conditions, particularly along Ukraine’s borders, in Russia-occupied Crimea, and in Russia-controlled eastern Ukraine, are unpredictable and can deteriorate with little notice.  Demonstrations, which have turned violent at times, regularly occur throughout Ukraine, including in Kyiv.

U.S. citizens in Ukraine should be aware that the U.S. government will not be able to evacuate U.S. citizens in the event of Russian military action anywhere in Ukraine. Military action may commence at any time and without warning and would also severely impact the U.S. Embassy’s ability to provide consular services, including assistance to U.S. citizens in departing Ukraine.  For more information, please review  what the U.S. government can and cannot do to assist you in a crisis overseas.

The Department asks all U.S. citizens in Ukraine to complete an online form so that we may better communicate with you. This is especially important if you plan to remain in Ukraine.

 

 

January 24, 2022

 

Following the call with the Office of Children's Issues, they reiterated their "belief that US citizens should not be traveling at this time" The Embassy and the USCIS are trying to develop a response plan to the various possible situations that might come up which include possible intentions on RFE response times and possibly prioritizing cases in Ukraine. Please continue to pray for the evolving situation and check in with the Facebook page or website for updated information. If you are planning to travel the State Department is requesting that you enroll and we provide your location information to the Office of Children's Issues if needed. If something were to happen it will be the adoptive family's responsibility to evacuate since the Department is advising them not to travel.
 
Please make sure that you enroll with the State Department messaging system as they do not know what future services the embassy will be able to provide in Kyiv if/when things escalate. https://step.state.gov/
 
As of right now they are still processing and expediting adoption visas in an effort to get families out of Ukraine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Family Connections, Inc. is honored to have received Hague Accreditation and to be acknowledged for the Agency's commitment to the well-being of children and families worldwide and for working to ensure the best interests of children. Family Connections, Inc. is thrilled to be able to provide home study and post-adoption support services to families throughout New York State who are adopting a child(ren) from a foreign country (inter-country adoption).  The Agency also provides Primary Provider services for families adopting from Pakistan & Ukraine!!

 

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