in theory and practice


  • Below is not just a theory regarding adoption from Ukraine. It is an adoption theory combined with adoption practice and reality


  • Here we are giving you practical advices that can help you save your leg and arm and avoid failures in your adoption way


The first and most important fact that you should know in the very beginning of your adoption journey is that being adequately prepared for adoption is the key to success in your adoption process.


Most of adoption failures occur because of wrong expectations concerning adoption process.


Unfortunately, there are many entities (these are mostly Ukrainian independent adoption facilitators and groups) that prefer to embellish adoption opportunities in Ukraine to attract as many clients as possible. When such beguiled families come to Ukraine and encounter actual adoption reality, they usually get lost and pretty often quit.


Therefore it is worth noting that using trustworthy source of information in the very beginning of your adoption undertaking is of vital importance for your adoption success.

It is of crucial importance to be informationally, emotionally and financially prepared for adoption.


Both Agency and Independent adoptions are allowed in Ukraine.

Please, note that legislation of USA obliges prospective adopters to work only with accredited agencies to get a home study completed to adopt from Ukraine and/or  get post placement services. This does not mean that a prospective adoptive family cannot choose to work with an independent adoption facilitator they want in Ukraine.


The theory is that independent adoption gives you an opportunity to save on enormous agency fees while adopting through an agency costs more but it deprives you of most of the worries and gives you more confidence in your desired result.

In Ukraine adoption reality it can be both right and wrong because of the fact that Ukrainian law does not allow agencies to have any control over adoption process in Ukraine at all. Once you touch Ukrainian soil, no agency can influence your adoption process in Ukraine and you can rely only on your Ukrainian adoption facilitator.

So in this respect it is financially advisable to hire Ukrainian adoption facilitator directly to get the same services for less.


At the same time when adopting independently, one incurs risk of entrusting facilitation of their adoption process to incompetent and/or dishonest adoption facilitators who can pump out thousands of dollars feeding adopters with false promises.

In this respect reputable adoption agencies prefer to choose to work with proven and reliable facilitators who are experienced enough and possess proper moral and ethical qualities just like a profound knowledge of Ukrainian adoption law. Also usually all financial aspects of future adoption are agreed upon between prospective adopters and agencies. And adoption facilitators in Ukraine just abide by these agreements. But in case of adopting through an agency, you should be prepared to pay more or even far more than for independent adoption.


But neither adoption agencies nor any other entities including independent adoption facilitators in Ukraine can implement selection of a child/children a family wants to adopt from Ukraine.

Only approved prospective adoptive families can get an access to profiles of kids available for international adoption. It happens after a family gets their adoption dossier approved and comes to Ukraine for the interview with the Department of Family and Children (the DFC), central adoption authority of Ukraine. Only during an interview with the DFC an adoptive family can see and choose profiles of kids available for adoption.   

Since no one has an access to the database of children available for international adoption in Ukraine except for authorized officers of the DFC, no one can make any guarantees regarding availability of children of any age at any time in Ukraine.


Who can adopt from Ukraine:

Families from both Hague and Non-Hague countries can adoption from Ukraine.


Marriage status: only married couples of opposite genders can adopt from Ukraine.

Adoption by one of spouses is also allowed in Ukraine provided that non-adopting spouse has given his/her spouse a notarized consent to adopt a child/children from Ukraine.

Adoption by singles is allowed only in case when they adopt their relatives from Ukraine.


Age requirements: married couple who are over 21 years of age. Minimum age difference between prospective adoptive parents and an orphan/s they want to adopt cannot be less than 15 years.


Health condition of prospective adopters: no communicable diseases, no mental disorders or any other diseases that can prevent prospective adopters from bringing up adopted child/children properly


Requirements to criminal and parenting history of prospective adopters: no criminal records relating to murdering/drug rafficking or any other grave violations of the law, no history of child abuse, deprivation of parental rights etc.


Who can be adopted in Ukraine

Age: children from 16 months to 18 years of age.


Please, note that adoption of children under 5 years of age is permitted in cases when

  • a child has older siblings who are adopted with them into a same family;
  • a child has any of the diseases listed in the list of diseases approved by the Ministry of Health Protection of Ukraine (see the list here);
  • a child is a relative of prospective adopters;
  • a child is a sibling of a child/children applicants adopted before


Health condition: both healthy and children with different health conditions including special needs children are available for international adoption.

In fact most of the children have some health conditions: some of them can be correctable and some of them non-correctable. Almost all the children staying in orphanages have a typical diagnose of ‘Speech and psychological development delay’ due to the lack of individual attention and care, lack of vitamins and nutrients that promote physical and psychological development of a child.

Orphanage children also look younger than their peers from normal families in most cases.

Learn more about this in older child adoption in Ukraine

At the same time heath condition indicated in medical papers may not necessarily square with actual state of health of a child. It happens pretty often that diagnoses of children are exaggerated for the purpose of attraction of additional state subsidy. That is why in cases when there are doubts concerning any indicated diagnosis, a prospective adoptive family can resort to independent medical examination of child/ren they want to adopt.


Availability of children for adoption in Ukraine

The other fact of current Ukraine adoption reality is that at present there are more kids who are over 5 years of age than those who are under 5 available for international adoption in Ukraine.


Also majority of younger kids have different health conditions while there are more healthy kids or kids with mild/correctable conditions in age category of 7-8 years and above.  

So adoption of kids under 7-8 years of age is possible but it may be more difficult in terms of time to adopt a healthy child/ren of this age category rather than healthy children of older ages. 

Adoption of single children under 7-8 years of age may also be not easy as most of children have siblings that are inseparable in most cases.


Also it is worth pointing out that situation regarding availability of children is rather fluid. The database of children available for international adoption is being replenished with new kids everyday as well as kids get adopted or go to foster families everyday leaving the database.

So if a prospective adoptive family fails to choose children during their first interview with the DFC, they can apply for the second one and the third one, if necessary. Please, find more information on that in Description of Ukraine adoption process


Currently Ukraine is a good country for those families who are open to adopt sibling group with minor/correctable conditions or healthy from 16 months to 12 (or older) years of age. Such adoption criteria give you a great deal of flexibility and good chances of adoption success.


Also Ukrainian law gives all possible procedural privileges like accepting documents out of turn, expedited processing and issuance of documents to any prospective adoptive families applying for adoption of special need children who have any of the diseases included in the list of diseases approved by the Ministry of Health Protection of Ukraine. You can find the list of diseases and learn more about special needs adoption in Ukraine. 


Duration of adoption in Ukraine

Duration of adoption process in Ukraine depends on multiple factors like adoption criteria of prospective adopters, region of adoption, number of official holidays during time when an adoption takes place and so on.


On the average, adoption process lasts for about 45-60 days which can be completed in one trip or be broken into two or more trips depending on families’ choice.


What is an adoption facilitator and why do you need an adoption facilitator in Ukraine?

Adoption facilitator is a professional who makes a process of adoption easier, faster and emotionally smoother for prospective adoptive parents.


International adoption is not a simple undertaking from the point of view of legal aspect and it requires an adoption facilitator to have a profound knowledge of Ukrainian legislation and bureaucracy, extensive adoption experience and proper moral qualities along with a big professional network in Ukraine and abroad.

Only a combination all of these attributes can enable an adoption professional to outmaneuver in Ukraine adoption reality and make the process as short and smooth as possible which eventually saves your time and money.


In fact adoption facilitation is not a subject to licensing in Ukraine therefore you can encounter numerous natural persons and entities without proper competence and qualification offering their facilitation services in Ukraine. Even though some of them may have some experience in adoption or even work with some agencies (which does not necessarily imply a professionalism and competence of an adoption facilitator), they may be unprepared to deal with such cases as intervention of children’s birth parents in your adoption process or appealing your court decree by third parties, or necessity to go to some other country to receive a new birth certificate for a child you are adopting which happens when a child was born in a country other than Ukraine and poses a complex international legal case. Any of such cases may arise during an adoption process and they may drive your adoption in a blind alley or cost you a fortune in terms of both time and money, if your adoption has been entrusted to an incompetent adoption facilitator.


In fact high level of competence, professionalism and care of your adoption facilitator can reduce your adoption costs substantially saving your time and money in both country of your residence and Ukraine. It is applicable in cases of both: independent and agency adoption.


The other things you should pay attention to are fees of an adoption facilitator and terms of a contract. Some entities prefer to offer seductively low fees for their services hiding or hushing down major expenses of the process.


Things that can help you save a lot when adopting in Ukraine:


  •  Reasonable fees for competent assistance in dossier preparation and adoption services in Ukraine


  • Clear and unequivocal terms of a contract for services


  • Care of your adoption facilitator to find the best-priced options for accommodation and transportation for you in Ukraine 


These are the attributes that we have been caring about since 1999.


You can learn more about why prospective adopters choose us, our services and fees.


Nothing but

Freedom, Confidence and Comfort


Our adoption service policy is aimed at maximum comfort and confidence of prospective adopters. Our clients can customize our services and their expenses based on their needs and preferences. 
Below is the list of Didilia’s adoption services in Ukraine:
Assistance in dossier preparation:
  • Provision of an itemized list of all the necessary documents that an adoption dossier is to consist of;
  • Advising on all legal requirements of the current Ukrainian laws to each document of an adoption dossier;
  • Informational support throughout the process of a dossier preparation;
  • Full guidance, proof-reading and checking each document of the family’s adoption dossier prior to sending them off to Ukraine.


Basic adoption services in Ukraine:

  • Translation of an adoption dossier;
  • Getting a dossier submission date scheduled by the DFCS;
  • Submission of an adoption dossier to the DFCS;
  • Getting an invitation letter with a travel date from the DFCS;
  • Transportation to/from the airport and for all adoption-related needs in cities of Ukraine;
  • Facilitation of an adoption process in Ukraine (accompanying prospective adoptive families to all the institutions involved in adoption process, negotiating with officials on families’ behalf, getting all the paperwork done, advising families and helping them settle any difficulties/problems that may arise during adoption process in Ukraine, standing by families throughout their adoption process in Ukraine);
  • Translation of all the necessary documents relating to adoption process in Ukraine;
  • Interpreting for all adoption related occasions in Ukraine;
  • Arrangements for accommodations and food in Ukraine
  • All necessary faxes, phone calls and emails that concern the process;
  • Preparing all the necessary documents for a child’s visa;


Other services in Ukraine:

  • Getting documents apostilled;
  • Translating and interpreting for non-business purposes
  • Transportation for non-business purposes
  • Arrangements for leisure (tours of Ukrainian cities, shopping, eco-tourism and any other leisure activities in Ukraine)


Professing supremacy of family values, Didilia’s range of services would be incomplete without program of surrogacy in Ukraine as Ukraine is very surrogacy-friendly country!


Both altruistic and commercial surrogacy are legal in Ukraine. While altruistic surrogacy is mostly practiced within a circle of relatives/close friends and is not common in general practice, we will talk only about commercial surrogacy in Ukraine.


About commercial surrogacy in Ukraine with Didilia.


Do you know that dozens of foreign citizens come to Ukraine for surrogacy/IVF treatment every month?


There are primarily 4 big reasons for that:


  • Favorable surrogacy laws of Ukraine


  • High quality and affordability of IVF treatment in Ukraine


  • Affordable cost of surrogate mothers' services in Ukraine


  • Beautiful and healthy Caucasian sperm / egg donors in Ukraine


All of these lay a wonderful ground for most people to realize their most sacred dream in Ukraine.


But surrogacy in Ukraine has its own peculiarities.


Have you heard anything about them?


How much do you know about surrogate motherhood in Ukraine?


Are you sure that whatever you know about it is veridical and squares with the reality?


Not sure?


- This is what causes major losses and frustrations.

This is what caused failures of the French and German intended parents to take their children home from Ukraine in 2011 and 2012. The families fell victims to wrong expectations and negligent service they had chosen.


  • As one-time intended parents and surrogacy professionals at present, we address the aspect of international surrogacy with special care, strong philosophy and great responsibility.


  • Didilia is sharing its professional insight into complicated aspects of international surrogacy. We are showing byways and discovering pitfalls for any foreign families considering international surrogacy in Ukraine.


  • You can be assured that any piece of information contained on this website can help you make right choice and succeed at your surrogacy undertaking.



What we do and what we do not


  • We put the program of surrogacy in Ukraine in 7 simple steps


Before you learn about these steps, you should know that there are two types of surrogacy: traditional and gestational surrogacy.


A woman’s carrying and giving a birth to a child/children conceived by intended parents or one of them using a donor’s egg/sperm is called gestational surrogacy. In this case a woman, who is called gestational surrogate, does not have any genetic relation to a child/children she bears. Ukrainian legislation unequivocally recognizes intended parents to be legal parents to a child/children born by gestational surrogate.


A woman’s carrying and giving a birth to a child/children conceived by her and intended father or using a donor’s sperm is called traditional surrogacy. In this case a woman, traditional surrogate, is genetically related to a child/children she bears.


In spite of the fact that our database of surrogate mothers contains women who are willing to be traditional surrogates, we are not rendering any legal services relating to traditional surrogacy in Ukraine as traditional surrogates are considered to be legal mothers to children they bear according to Ukrainian legislation. Any agreement obliging a traditional surrogate to relinquish her maternal rights to a child/children after birth is void under Ukrainian laws! Any intended parents should be aware of this not to get into trap.


At the same time we provide full range of services relating to gestational surrogacy in Ukraine, except for medical part. Our vast database of surrogate mothers, sperm and egg donors gives lots of opportunities to our clients in surrogacy program.


Learn more about our surrogacy services and our Exclusive donation program.


Who can chose surrogacy in Ukraine?

Program of surrogate motherhood in Ukraine is available for any adult heterosexual married couples.


Surrogacy is prohibited for any homosexual couples and singles in Ukraine.


Nevertheless infertile lesbian couples and single women who can bear children can avail themselves of an IVF (in vitro fertilization) program with egg and/or sperm donation or choose to adopt an embryo in Ukraine. The same option is available for any heterosexual married couples.


Learn more about other requirements of Ukrainian legislation


The process of surrogacy in Ukraine

It may require from 1 to 3 trips to Ukraine to get a child through surrogacy in Ukraine.


  • The way we arrange the surrogacy program in Ukraine, relieves you of any worries letting you be concentrated just on the most important things: making choices and decisions


  • Due to our experience as intended parents and surrogacy professionals and profound understanding of complex process of international surrogacy, we make things simple and smooth.



We put the whole surrogacy process in 7 simple steps:


Learning about the program

Step 1. Learning about the program:

You get initial consultation and learn about the program, us and our services. Also we learn about you and your requirements to surrogate mothers and egg/sperm donors. We provide consultations via Skype or email at your convenience

Signing the contract with us: (approximate duration from 1 to 2 days)

Step 2. Signing the contract with us: (approximate duration from 1 to 5 days)

We sign a contract with you, get all the necessary documents including available results of your medical tests and exams from you required to start the program and start choosing 3 most suitable candidates for a surrogate for you from our database in this stage. We will also choose egg/sperm donors meeting your requirements, if sperm/egg donation is required. If there is anything that can be done via Skype, email or FedEx, we use any of them to exclude necessity of your arrival in Ukraine, expedite the process and save your time and money.

Choosing IVF clinic and a surrogate mother: (approximate duration from 1 to 3 weeks)

Step 3. Choosing IVF clinic and a surrogate mother: (approximate duration from 1 to 3 weeks)

In this stage we provide you with all necessary information on IVF clinics in Ukraine, their fees and services for you to make a choice of a clinic. Also we provide you with comprehensive information on 3 candidates for a surrogate who meet your requirements, including their background information, results of criminal history check, medical and obstetrical history, their living conditions, info on their children and family, their state of health. We arrange for a meeting with any candidate we offer for you to be able to make a final choice. Candidates for a surrogate mother are exposed to thorough medical and psychological screening prior to inclusion in our database. Any chosen candidate for a surrogate mother is additionally exposed to all necessary medical examinations prior to signing a contract with you to make sure that all results of their medical examinations are up to date. Our psychologist also evaluates your and candidate’s readiness for the program prior to signing a contract. After making a choice of a surrogate, you sign a contract with her.

Medical examinations and IVF procedures: (up to 2 months)

Step 4. Medical examinations and IVF procedures: (up to 2 months)

In this stage chosen IVF clinic will make examinations of parties involved into medical part of the program and tests necessary to start an in vitro fertilization procedure. They will carry out medical screening of your (intended parents’) materials or intended parent’s and donor’s materials used for IVF procedure in clinic. Contract is signed between you (intended parents) and IVF clinic in this stage. When everything is ready for in vitro fertilization, a surrogate mother and intended mother/egg donor start taking medications to get their periods synchronized and induce superovulation. After eggs are obtained they fertilize it with a sperm of intended father/donor to grow embryos. Then they transfer embryos into a surrogate’s uterus. Usually they start embryotransfer in a month or two after beginning of taking medicines. 

Supervision of pregnancy:

Step 5. Supervision of pregnancy:

After pregnancy is confirmed, a surrogate mother start paying regular visits to a clinic to get her pregnancy supervised by specialists. She stays in touch with intended parents and us on a regular basis throughout her pregnancy period, observing all recommendations of medical specialists. A surrogate mother receives any kind of necessary assistance, including psychological support from our psychologist during pregnancy term.

Child birth:

Step 6. Child birth:

All the necessary arrangements for delivery are made and a surrogate mother gives a birth to your child/children in this stage. You welcome your children and obtain their birth certificates indicating you as legal parents after birth. Along with birth certificates we will provide you with all the necessary documents to be submitted to a Consulate of your country in Ukraine.

Taking your children home:

Step 7. Taking your children home:

After processing documents a consulate issues passports for your children and you are all set to take your children home.

Please, note: it is of prior importance to make sure that legislation of your home country does not directly prohibit surrogacy before undertaking international surrogacy.

If it is not prohibited in your country, we will discuss and look into all legal opportunities for you to be able to take your children home before signing contract with us.

Our foreign partners specializing in immigration law will also be available to help you.

There are four major reasons why infertile couples choose surrogacy in Ukraine:


  • Ukrainian surrogacy legislation is one of the most favorable surrogacy legislations in the world.

Surrogacy is legal in Ukraine. Moreover, Ukrainian laws protects rights of intended parents unequivocally stating that intended parents are considered legal parents to a child born by a gestational surrogate. There are NO reservations that give gestational surrogates any ground to claim their rights to children born by them in Ukrainian laws. Also sex selection of an embryo/s just like egg/sperm donation is allowed in surrogacy program in Ukraine. It means that intended parents who experience infertility problems may use eggs or sperm of a donor and select gender of embryo/s to be transferred into a body of a surrogate.

After birth of children intended parents get birth certificates indicating their names as legal parents of children born by gestational surrogates in Ukraine.

Learn more about legal aspect of surrogacy in Ukraine


  • Affordable surrogacy

Total cost of surrogacy in Ukraine can be from 1/2 to 1/3 of total cost of surrogacy in US. Due to affordability of surrogate mothers’ fee and IVF services, Ukraine has become very popular with infertile couple from different countries of the world. All other fees of surrogacy program are much lower in Ukraine than in most of other countries where surrogacy is legal.

Learn more about cost of surrogacy in Ukraine


  • High quality IVF treatment

In fact due to favorable surrogacy legislation and talented Ukrainian embryologists assisted reproductive technologies have been rapidly developing in Ukraine for the last 20 years. Today Ukraine is one of the most progressive countries in the world with respect to assisted reproductive technologies.

Combination of affordability of IVF treatment with its high quality make Ukraine be appealing to all infertile couples and singles.

Learn more about quality of IVF clinics in Ukraine


  • Beautiful and healthy egg/sperm donors

Ukraine is well-known all over the world for its beautiful Caucasian women, handsome and strong men. Ukrainian laws have strict requirements to health of donors. That is why only healthy men and women are chosen as donors.


  • Beauty and hospitality of the country is the fifth reason why people from all over the world like Ukraine

Beauty and hospitality are two distinguished features of Ukraine. Ukraine is well known all over the world as a country of beautiful people and hospitality. These two assets are supplemented by the long history and beauty of landscapes and architecture of Ukrainian cities.

In general Ukraine is very beautiful, peaceful and hospitable country. In spite of its economic problems Ukraine guarantees free education and medical care for its citizens. That is why you can expect overwhelming majority of donors to have higher education and be in perfect health.

Beauty and health are two invaluable assets that you can choose for your future children right now in Ukraine.

Our Surrogacy services in Ukraine are arranged for maximum clarity and convenience of both intended parents and Ukrainian surrogates. This is the key reason why our surrogacy and IVF program in Ukraine so popular and effective.


We always seek to provide our clients with full range of surrogacy services in Ukraine just like to make all the necessary arrangements for IVF in Ukraine to minimize any risks and smoothen its process.


We offer the following set of services within the scope of our Surrogacy and IVF

program in Ukraine


Profiles represented below make a part of our database of surrogates.


All profiles of Ukrainian surrogates are represented in concise version here.


Full version of surrogate profiles and our full database are available to our clients only.


Profiles represented below make a part of our database of egg donors.


All profiles of Ukrainian egg donors are represented in concise version here.


Full version of egg donors' profiles and our full database are available to our clients only.