Get ready to meet your Ukrainian adopted child for the very first
time and spend time with them in Ukraine:
Prepare a photo book of everything that will be new to your
adopted child. Yes, this is pretty much everything: your home,
each room, your family, relatives, pets, cars, etc. Go crazy with
this. This photo book or books will be a lot of fun to go through
with your adopted child while you are still in Ukraine. In
addition to providing hours of activity, it will help your new
child become familiar with people, places and things that will
become part of their lives shortly. It will help ease the trauma
of such a massive change.
Ask relatives what they would like your newly adopted children to
call them. This way you can introduce them by name when you show
Prepare a list of all the things you would like to know about
your adopted child from the Ukrainian orphanage. These can be
health questions, lunch and meal schedules, your adopted child's
first words, anything and everything. You will not get answers to
everything, but you won't get any if you don't ask. Come
When you meet your adopted child for the very first time you will
want to give them a warm and fuzzy stuffed animal. Chose it
carefully as it may be the favorite animal for life.
Learn essential Russian! What will your first words be to your
future adopted child? Wouldn't it be great if they understood!
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.