After learning of a shooting death of a 13 year old adopted
Ukrainian boy, the Ministry in charge of adoptions is considering
how best to monitor living conditions and health of Ukrainian
children adopted by foreigners. (See article below)
As officials acknowledge in other articles, they are somewhat
limited by resources. This is why it is SO important that all
parents of adopted Ukrainian children fulfill their legal
obligation and file the required reports on time with the correct
Ukrainian Consulate. This article states that the compliance rate
in the US is only at 30%. This is really bad news and we all have
to do what we can to improve it. In 2006 Ukraine halted adoptions
for a short time and one of the reasons they gave was the lack of
compliance from US parents in filing the post-adoption reports.
If anyone needs information on what is required contact us at
and we will send you the required forms and complete
instructions. For the good of future parents and all the children
in Ukraine needing good homes, we all need to do our part to
raise this compliance percentage. If not, we may well see
additional Ukrainian legislation governing post-adoption
monitoring which would add costs, and potentially impact
KIEV, February 23 (RIA Novosti) - Ukraine's Ministry of Social
Policy has initiated a probe into living conditions and health of
Ukrainian children adopted by foreigners in a wake of a recent
spat between Russia and the United States over alleged abuse of
Russian adoptees by US foster parents.
"We sent a letter to the [Ukrainian] Foreign Ministry with a
request to conduct an investigation into living conditions and
health of children adopted by foreign citizens," Social Policy
Minister Natalia Korolevskaya said on Friday.
"We must have reliable information about every child who has been
registered in Ukrainian consulates and diplomatic missions around
the world," the minister said.
According to Korolevskaya, foreigners adopted 806 Ukrainian
children in 2012.
In line with the current legislation, foster parents must file a
report on adoptee's conditions once a year during the first three
years of adoption (and later - once every three years until
adopted children turn 18).
"Unfortunately, some countries register low reporting rates,"
Korolevskaya said. "For instance, only 30 percent of foster
families in the United States provide these reports."
The Ukrainian move comes as Moscow and Washington continue a
fierce battle over Russian children adopted by US foster parents.
Moscow banned US citizens from adopting Russian children last
month, in what some call a retaliatory measure against a US law
imposing sanctions on Russian officials allegedly involved in
human rights abuses, though a bilateral adoption agreement
between the two countries remains in place until next year.
Russia has said the ban is necessary to protect its children,
citing numerous cases of abuse and neglect by US parents that
have resulted in the deaths of at least 19 Russian adoptees since
the early 1990s.
The tensions erupted again this week, with news that a 3-year-old
boy adopted from Russia last year had died in Texas last month
and led to unconfirmed reports that outraged many in Russia.
Russia vowed on Thursday to bring to trial American citizens it
alleges have evaded punishment for "serious crimes" against
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