About Ukraine

Lifeline has had an adoption program in Ukraine since 2001. Lifeline has a rich and long history in adoptions from this country, and while this is not an easy country to adopt from, Lifeline’s families are truly called to children from Ukraine. There are many children and sibling groups available for adoption from Ukraine with minor to significant medical and developmental special needs. Ukraine is unique in that it does not maintain a waiting child list, but is a country that has what is called a blind referral process.

The Need

Older children, above age 5, are available for international adoption due to Ukraine adoption law.

How We Help

Lifeline works to educate and prepare families for adoptions of older children, including teenagers. We strive to educate families on challenges that are experienced with older child and multiple child adoptions.

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What's Happening in Ukraine

Program Overview

  • Youngest Children Available: 5 years (younger children, under age 5, who have significant special needs are also available)
  • Average time of Completion: 12-18 months
  • Time in country: 60+ days — this can be divided into multiple trips
  • Age Requirement: 21 years, At least 15 years older than child but no more than 45 years older than child
  • Length of Marriage: 1 year

  • Waiting Children

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    More Information

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    Family Testimonial

    The Tice Family

    Had it not been for Lifeline, their team in country, their team in the states, and the training they had put us through, I really don’t think I would have survived those three and a half weeks. They were the hardest weeks of my life. But, we made it, we are home forever, and we are a family thanks to Lifeline.

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