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How to become foster parents

Foster family – a married couple or a person (of working age) that accept (with education) and house between one and four orphans. The total number of foster children with their children should not exceed five.

Children are placed with foster families before reaching 18 years old, or until the end of their studies, but not later than 23 years old.

Foster children retain the status of orphan (or child deprived of parental care). This assumes that previously assigned support is being continued, with pensions and other benefits from the state.

Funds belonging to the foster children are passed on to foster parents, to be spent on the care of the foster children.

Potential adoptive parents should contact the center of social services for families, children, and young people, according to where they live, and meet with a specialist who is responsible for the development of family care for orphans and children without parental care.


Forms of family mentoring (temporary):

  • patronage
  • family-style children's home
  • foster family


Adoptive parent candidates submit the following documents to the authorities that form foster families:

  • Foster family application filled out by adoptive parent candidates
  • Copy of passport of adoptive parent candidates
  • Reference on the status of the family (form number 3)
  • Copy of marriage certificate
  • Reference on health of foster parent candidates and family members living with them (reference for chronic diseases, an inquiry by narcologist, psychiatrist, venerologist)
  • Reference of income of potential adoptive family for the last six months, or a copy of the income declaration certified as is prescribed by law
  • Proof of completed and passed training by foster parent candidates, and recommendation from center of social services for families, children, and young people, in order to include them in a database of potential adoptive families, guardians, caregivers, and foster parents
  • The written agreement of all adult family members residing with adoptive parent candidates on formation of foster family, notarized
  • Foster parent candidates and children candidates that are placed into mentoring are agreed with Patronage Institutions


The procedure for children’s admission into the family is fixed by Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine No. 565 of 26 April 2002 "On approval of the foster family state.


How to adopt a child

Adopted child is accepted by the family on the right of biological child with all juridical consequences, although juridical family relations between adopting parents and adopting child does not appear in this case.

Adoptive parents to an orphan (or a child deprived of parental care) may be a couple or a single person.

To adopt, one should apply to the service on children affairs in their city or area, according to their place of residence, and collect the necessary documents.

Adoption is decided by the court, except for the case provided in article 282 of the Family code of Ukraine.


Laws of Ukraine that regulate foster parenting and adoption:


How to become foster parents or adoptive parents of a child from Sunshine Children’s Center

To become foster parents or adoptive parents of a child from Sunshine Children’s Center, you should contact the Office of Children's and Family Services of Brovary Governmental Administration.

Address: 07400, Kiev region, City: Brovary, Schevchenko str, 21, cabinet 4, 1 flor;


tel/fax +(04594) 4-11-74 


Working time: 
Monday–Thursday: 8:00 to 17:00 
Friday: 8:00 to 16:45 

Break: 12:00 to 12:45 

Attendance of visitors: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00 to 12:00