Status of Ukraine Adoptions

KIEV, Ukraine -- The Ukrainian legislature is in the process of voting on a bill that would suspend all intercountry adoptions from countries without bilateral agreements with Ukraine, including adoptions from the United States.

Ukrainian orphans

The bill passed a first reading and vote, but must still pass a second reading and be signed into law by the president.

The second reading could take place in the next few weeks.

If the bill passes the second reading, it may be signed into law as early as the end of 2010.

The draft bill appears to include suspension of all adoptions in progress.

The Department will post updates as information becomes available.

Source: State Department