Discussing Adoption with UkrainePosted Mar 02, 2017
By: McKaily Bodenmuller
NCFA often has the pleasure of meeting with foreign delegations of adoption and child welfare professionals who come to the United States to discuss best practices in intercountry adoption and exchange ideas on ways to better serve children around the world who are living outside of family care. We recently met with a delegation from Ukraine as they visited Washington, DC, where we discussed:
- U.S. perspectives on implementation of the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption;
- U.S. best practices in facilitating international and special needs adoption and foster care;
- A range of adoption support services including medical and social services; and
- The role of federal, state, and local government agencies in monitoring and regulating adoption.
Though our time with the delegation was brief, we were able to touch on America’s implementation of the Hague Adoption Convention and the challenges and benefits involved in implementing international agreements, as well as how it impacts adoption policy both domestically and internationally. We are always grateful for these opportunities to connect with global citizens who share in our common goals. Thank you to this Ukraine delegation—and others who have visited NCFA’s office over the years—for your commitment to children and families!
Our visitors included Ms. Valeria Bohdanova, head of Secretariat, Committee on Foreign Affairs; Mr. Leonid Lebediev, head of Ukraine charitable foundation Change One Life; Ms. Alona Medvedieva, reporter for Vesti-ukr.com; Ms. Halyna Postoliuk, country director of Hope and Homes for Children; and Ms. Zoya Ryzha, chief specialist at the Department for Adoption and Protection of Children’s Rights. Ms. Tetyana Pakharenko and Mr. Alexander Shepel served as translators.