It is FRUA's stated position that the completion of timely post placement reports back to our children's birth countries is a vital tool, not just in providing news of our children's progress, but in helping to keep the doors of inter-country adoption open.
Balancing our message
Contrary to what some American's believe, these reports are important, not just to send information that has a strong possibility of reaching the caregivers at the orphanage, but because they help create the total picture of inter-country adoption. Post placement reports let us share both the joys and triumphs, but also the challenges and concerns, that can come with raising children who come to us from early childhood trauma. In the absence of balanced news....as we now know, sensational media stories can take over the headlines. Much better to let our reports reflect realities; which prepares birth countries for the truth when the rare, but tragic events have happened.
As so many long-time FRUA members have been heard to comment: “I always do my reports. If I'd cared only about my own kids, maybe I'd blow it off. But once you've been there, seen the orphanages, you realize it's a small thing to do...a report...so they continue to allow more orphans to be adopted to grow up in families.”
The simple fact is...this your legal responsibility!
Failure to complete post placement reports can be seen as a violation of the terms of your adoption. If you do not file them on the schedule specified by your child's birth country, you are out of compliance with your adoption agreement.
It does not matter how agreeable or disagreeable you deem the officials at your particular embassy or consulate to be, or whether you feel like doing them or not, or whether you believe your kid is now 100% American. (Frankly, “attitude in—attitude back” can create your reality.) Post placement reports are a legal requirement of your adoption. That said, some cooperative governments like Ukraine have been working very hard to simplify and change their processes to make it easier for us to do reports and want us to understand.
“My main goal is to explain adoptive parents that Ukrainian government do not aim to control their lives (many of them thinks so). For us it is very important just to know that all adopted children are growing in good and safe family environment. That is why we require post placement reports be submitted to the Embassy or Consulates on time.”
Third Secretary for Consular Issues
Embassy of Ukraine
As FRUA received information from the governments of the countries from which our children have come, we will make every attempt to post that information in this location of frua.org, with a page for each country as we receive it.
This year Ukraine has made a major effort to simplify its report procedures:
ALL REPORTS CAN BE FILED IN ENGLISH.
YOU ARE NO LONGER REQUIRED TO FILE REPORTS THROUGH EMBASSY OR CONSULATE OFFICES.
NOW YOU CAN FILE ONLINE...or you can e-mail your post placemenet report, upload it via Skype, faxed it, or mail it through regular mail. Remember that the last page of each annual report must be signed by parents (both if a couple)
Q. When are post placement reports due?
A. DEADLINE FOR FILING THE 2013 ANNUAL REPORT:
THIRD WEEK OF JANUARY, 2014
Q. Where can I get Ukrainian post Placment information?
A. This is the link to the official Embassy’s web-page
On this link you can:
Q. How do I know what years I should file?
A. Ukraine uses alternating report years
Reporting Year 2013:
The year 2013 is a reporting year for those parents,
who adopted children from Ukraine in:
Reporting Year 2013
The year 2014 is a reporting year for those parents who adopted Ukrainian children in:
While you can now do all your report filing online, you are still welcome to file your Post Placement reports at the Ukrainian Embassy and these Consultate locations, depending upon your state of residency. Here is the contact information and boundaries for the consular districts:
Embassy of Ukraine to the United States of America
Address: 3350 M Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20007
Phone: 202-349-2947 (Chief of Consular Division)
202-349-2948 (Adoption Issues)
Consular District: District of Columbia, and the states
of: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida,
Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi,
Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South
Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia,
the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the United States
Virgin Islands, as well as the countries of Antigua and Barbuda
and Trinidad and Tobago.
Consulate General of Ukraine in New York
Address: 240 East 49th Street, New York, NY 10017
Phone: 212-371-6965 (General)
212-371-5690 ext.105 or 2012-371-5691 ext.105
Email: email@example.com (General)
firstname.lastname@example.org (Adoption Issues)
Consular District: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire,
New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.
Consulate General of Ukraine in San Francisco
Address: 530 Bush Street, suite 402, San Francisco, CA, 94108
Phone: 415-398-0240, 415-398-5121 ext.0 (General, Adoption
Email: consulate@UkraineSF.com (General)
email@example.com (Adoption Issues)
Consular District: Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho,
Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington
Consulate General of Ukraine in Chicago
Address: 10 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312-642-4388 (General)
312-312-642-4388 ext.22 (Adoption Issues)
firstname.lastname@example.org (Adoption Issues)
Consular District: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota,
Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin.