Bethany Christian Services sees the shift in government adoption system as a beneficial change.

By July 24, 2006

Ukraine (MNN) — There’s good news coming from Ukraine for international adoptions.

The former Ukrainian adoption department was recently dissolved and a new body, called the State Department for Adoption and Protection of Rights of the Child (SDAPRC), will be accepting new dossiers for adoptions at the beginning of 2007.

Bethany Christian Services has worked in Ukraine for almost 10 years, providing social services and helping facilitate adoptions. It’s a beneficial reorganization, says Bethany’s John VanValkenberg. “Really how we see it as, is a realignment of government and just a shift in the department of adoption for Ukraine.”

The minister of the newly formed SDAPRC says that Ukraine has no intent to impose any restrictions or moratorium on intercountry adoptions, but they will be promoting domestic adoptions as their first priority.

Bethany will continue helping provide forever families for children. VanValkenberg says it’s about demonstrating Christ to everyone they serve. “For Bethany we have a lot of partners, and the government is one of those partners and really what we strive to do is to really manifest the love and to show the love and compassion through our work and through the contacts that we make. So overall it’s been pretty well-received and we’re happy to be doing work in a country like Ukraine.”

If you would like more information on adopting a child from Ukraine, contact Bethany Christian Services through their information listed below.

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