Waiting for Re-Opening

October 31st, 2012

933783_thinkingIt is amazing how many times that I have 'checked up' on the status of adoption from Kazakhstan and found no change. This is true for this morning as well. Kazakhstan remains in a holding pattern in regard to their adoption program. In August of this year, they closed their program and have not re-opened. This is very discouraging for those involved with adoption from this country because they did not get fully open and accepting of adoption applications in the United States before their close. Kazakhstan is currently working toward being integrated fully in the Hague Convention. They must deal with the any issues that their adoption program has and meet the agreement that was laid out. This is a very time… [more]

Kazakhstan Adoption Suspended

September 29th, 2012

933783_thinkingIt is so disheartening to see this country's adoption program continue to slide backward. In the span of eight years, adoption from Kazakhstan has dropped from 835 completed adoptions to 86 last year. For those who are interested in adoption from this country, it does not seem to be moving in the right direction. Yet, Kazakhstan is working to join the Hague Convention. When they have completed the necessary steps to make this happen, Kazakhstan has the potential to be a major adoption partner for the United States again. Unfortunately, all of the kinks that come along with the changes made must be worked out in order to ensure that the adoption road will be smooth. That is where we are right… [more]

Kazakhstan Alert

August 29th, 2012

1207128_notepaperI have been watching the adoption program from this country as it moves toward reopening in the United States. In January, Kazakhstan came to an agreement and began to sign adoption treaties with various countries. Since then they have worked to bring their program in line with requirements to be certified. It seemed that this was on the verge of occurring in July. This caused a rush of agencies to begin their certification for adoption placement from this area. On August 21, 2012 a notice was released from the regarding the status of the adoption relationship between the United States and Kazakhstan: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan informed the U.S. Embassy in Astana on August 9 that Kazakhstan is suspending intercountry… [more]

Still Waiting

June 27th, 2012

1121033_moonI am sure that those of you who follow this particular blog have noticed how lax I have gotten in this area. I apologize profusely for that. I would offer you a list of excuses but don't want to waste the space. The sad thing is that nothing (that I can find) has changed since the beginning of May. That is when a notice cam out from the Central Authority stating that Hague Certification was almost complete and Kazakhstan was beginning to accept agencies seeking to represent. This is great news for those who have been waiting for this country to re-open. It seems that things move very slowly in this process so any news on that front is a plus. Having said that… [more]

Central Authority Notice

May 3rd, 2012

1383851_ring_the_bell_pictogramIt is hard to believe that there is finally news on the adoption front for Kazakhstan. Recently, a notice was released by the Central Authority of Kazakhstan regarding the status of adoption in their country and the progress of the Hague certification process they are in. It states: The Ministry of Education and Science, the Central Authority of Kazakhstan, has confirmed that the governmental decree approving its new policies to process intercountry adoptions and accredit adoption agencies in Kazakhstan goes into effect on Thursday, April 5, 2012. The Government of Kazakhstan will begin accepting applications for accreditation from potential adoption service providers on April 9, 2012, on a first-come, first-served basis. Information on the new accreditation process and the new adoption procedures will be… [more]

You Will Not Regret it

March 30th, 2012

1383253_girlI know this will seem foreign to many of you but I want to focus on the premise that 'no news is good news' in regard to Kazakhstan adoption. As frustrating as the wait can be, no major information has been released involving issues of any kind. This is actually a plus at this point of the process because a lot of the legal stuff occurs behind closed doors and is only made public when an agreement has been fully reached and implemented OR an unresolved issue remains. Kazakhstan appears to be in neither of these 'boats,' if you will. I do know that the Marriage and Family Act was put into place in Kazakhstan in January of 2011. This opened adoption under… [more]

Will Kazakhstan Adoption Re-Open?

February 27th, 2012

1199922_red_ladyUnfortunately, there have been no changes in regard to adoption from Kazakhstan. This adoption program has signed their new Marriage and Family Act into law but continues to work toward firming up its program in order to reach an agreement with its adoption partners. Though this may seem like it will never end, take heart. When adoption acts are signed, the next order of business is to work on an agreement. This takes a lot of time, effort and patience. These agreements are not easy to do because both countries must make a working plan and show how it will be enacted. This is not a day long process. Kazakhstan has been working on the re-open of their program since January of… [more]

Adoption Notices

January 31st, 2012

616726_handshakeThere is so much to write about in regard to the Kazakhstan adoption program. In January, the officials of this country released two notices. The first notice dealt predominately with the New Family and Marriage Code that was signed into law on December 26, 2011. The president of Kazakhstan signed the law and moved it to the governmental houses for approval. The majority of this law deals with the new policies that are being enacted to accredit agencies and process adoptions under the Hague Convention requirements. This is a great advancement for Kazakhstan as it is an indicator of the adoption program's moving forward in its desire to be Hague Certified and re-open its program. All of the requirements for agencies and prospective… [more]

Kazakhstan Adoption Remains Closed

December 30th, 2011

1078767_waiting_2It has been way to long since I touched base with you on adoption from Kazakhstan. I wish I had information of great changes but that is not the case. At this point, Kazakhstan is not in an adoption relationship with the United States as they are seeking Hague Convention status and have not completed the agreement portion with the US. They are processing the remaining adoption cases that were grandfathered in from the previous adoption relationship. So in 2011 there were 86 adoptions completed between Kazakhstan and the US. As these older cases are completed this number will dwindle unless this adoption relationship re-opens in the near future. Many of you are probably wondering what needs to be done in order for… [more]

No News

November 19th, 2011

1025343_learn_srb_3The adoption program in Kazakhstan continues to be on hold awaiting its Hague Convention status. This process seems to drag on and on. Yet, other countries who were working toward the same status are re-opening. They have to finish all of the qualification paperwork and are anticipating the restart of the adoptions under the Hague Convention. For that reason, it is obvious that Kazakhstan will get there. I know that waiting for that to occur can get frustrating and long though. If you are awaiting the 'good news," consider researching all information regarding this country, its adoption program and others who have completed adoptions prior to its re-opening. There are many people who have been through the process and come out on the other… [more]