The adoption process, and Ukraine is no exception, is filled with
rushing after paper work - adoption home study, USCIS adoption
processing, endless fingerprints and finally, your Ukrainian
adoption dossier. Then, all of a sudden, you have nothing to do
but wait! Since the adoption process is so filled with emotion -
excitement, anxiety, worry, impatience…and so many more, it is
easy for this waiting period to make you crazy. But, there is a
lot you can do to make waiting for your adoption productive and
much less painless and insure that you will thank yourself for
what you did during this waiting period after your adoptive child
or children come home from Ukraine.
This is part 1 of a series. Enjoy!
The most valuable investment you as a parent can make for your
• Learn the adoptive child's language. In Ukraine, most children
available for adoption will speak Russian. Your ability to
communicate intimately with your adopted child from the first
moment you meet them will go a long ways to making an immediate
connection. Remember how overwhelming the adoption process if for
you and must be for them. Make it as easy as possible.
• Learn the language so you can understand your child's needs:
when are they hungry, thirty, tired, or need to go to the
• Speaking a bit of Russian will also help you bond with your
adopted child, by removing a major communication barrier.
• You will enjoy your time with your child more if you can
understand each other. It will reduce frustration.
• Bring a Russian/English dictionary with you so an older adopted
child can point to words you don't know.
• Learn the language to help you get around easier during your
stay in Ukraine.
• You don't need to be fluent. Memorize key phrases and if you
can learn the alphabet, you will be surprised that many words, if
you can sound them out, you will be able to guess the meaning as
they sound similar to English words.
• Each person learns differently. There are free and paid
programs on the internet, you can hire a tutor in person or on
Skype, or buy a book to follow. Just remember, anything you do is
much better than nothing.
Adoption Services International unites loving US families with
Ukrainian children. We provide a unique combination of western
quality service (including a maximum guaranteed adoption fee),
personal adoption experience, affordable local cost and 20 years
Ukrainian experience. If you or someone you know would like to
welcome a child into their lives, as my husband and I did, or
just learn more about the Ukrainian adoption program, Adoption
Services International can help.