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Foreigners cannot adopt Ukranian children younger than five years old

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (the Supreme Parliament of Ukraine) amended adoption law in the country on May 19, 2011. The changes to the Family Code of Ukraine include the following:

* Any child who is a citizen of the Ukraine may be adopted by a foreigner if he or she has been registered with adoption and/or child protection authorities for at least one year  and is at least 5 years old.

* Adoptions will not be granted to people who need consistent medical care.

* Adoptions will not be granted unless both parents meet the requirements (no criminal record, etc.)

The exceptions are:

* A child is younger than 5 can be adopted by a relative

* A child with an illness that is deemed life threatening by the Ministry of Health of the Ukraine may be exempted from the new rule.

* Foreigners who wish to adopt a siblings may do so if one sibling is at least 5 and has been registered with adoption and/or child protection services for at least one year.

The corresponding bill is registered under number 7332.

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