Ukraine takes a different approach to adoptions, but the process has proven efficient and adoptive parents report satisfaction. Potential adopters submit dossiers for review and, if accepted, travel to Ukraine to meet a child already referred to them. Meeuwsen adopted three daughters from Ukraine -- ages 9, 11 and 13 -- and spent a month there as part of the process. "We got to know their friends, their culture and some of their background," she noted. "With older children, this is invaluable as it is very much a part of who they are." Ukrainian children available for adoption are ages 15 months and up.
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