Adoption for the Ukraine (borrowed from another blog):
- Dossier paperwork – gathering things like birth certificates, marriage certificate, etc., and getting them notarized and apostilled.
- Home study – a social worker interviews us and looks into our ability to parent and provide for a child. There is paperwork gathering here, too, and looking into assets, etc.
- Immigration – filing fingerprints and money and such with the USCIS (former INS).
- Sending completed dossier to facilitator in Ukraine for translation.
- Submission of translated dossier to the State Department on Adoption (SDA), the government body in Kyiv (the capital of Ukraine) that does international adoptions.
- SDA accepts dossier and issues a travel date.
- Travel to Kyiv to meet with the SDA and get the referral of a child.
- The inspector of the child's region and orphanage director give approval for us to visit the child.
- We travel to the child's city.
- We get a court date with a judge to be pronounced our child's parents.
- There is a 10-day wait after pronouncement. (Sometimes this gets waived.)
- Get passport with our child's new name and other paperwork.
- Travel back to US Embassy in Kyiv for clearance and medical checkup.
- Fly home.
Sharon added that the entire process usually takes about 18 months.