- For Albertans adopting Ukrainian orphans, there are many
advantages. First, adopting a child from Ukraine can be completed in as little
as eight to ten months, whereas domestic adoption waiting lists can be much longer.
Secondly, adoptions in Ukraine are done independently and not through an
agency, and therefore the costs of the international adoption are reduced
considerably. Thirdly, adoptive parents are able to choose their own child or
children as opposed to having a child selected for them. This
may be changing, and due to the large numbers of couples
adopting from Ukraine over the past two years, children are
being matched with parents to a greater degree than before.
Because of the large numbers of parents wanting children, the
Adoption Center wants to make sure that there will be children
available when parents arrive. It has been the case in
2001 that some parents travelled to Ukraine and there were
virtually no children available meeting the description they
were looking for, and the Adoption Center has taken some
measures to avoid this by making sure that some children will be
available before they allow prospective parents to travel.
Other benefits include
the fact that single adoptive parents are accepted by the Ukrainian government,
and facilitators and interpreters can be hired to assist in the adoption
process in Ukraine.