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]

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]

Hang in There

October 31st, 2011

1209991_waitingIt seems as though a change has been on the horizon for a number of months in regard to adoption from Kazakhstan. Yet, nothing has surfaced about that prospective change being a reality. For those of you who are just joining us, Kazakhstan is in the process of ratifying itself to Hague Convention statutes. This ratification is not an easy process- so a timeframe is not possible but there have been many releases stating that this country is going to re-open in the near future. These releases gave us hope. I do believe that Kazakhstan is close to re-opening its adoption program with the United States. In order to re-open though, it has to reach a suitable agreement with both parties. With the… [more]

Kazakhstan Holding

October 14th, 2011

1281812_businessman_holding_crystal_globeAs with the rest of you, I continue to watch Kazakhstan adoption knowing that there will be a change in their adoption status. Unfortunately, that change has not occurred. The last published information showed that Kazakhstan, though party to the Hague Convention, was not fully certified and would continue to work toward becoming a valid adoption partner with the United States. Kazakhstan has had a long-standing adoption relationship with the United States completing over 840 adoptions in 2003. That has fallen to 181 in 2010. It would come as no surprise to see the adoption relationship rebound with this country and the higher numbers begin to surface again. This will take time to rebuild though.  Kazakhstan has been processing their adoption requirements for a fairly large number… [more]

Change for Children

September 29th, 2011

1276336_heres_your_change_1I do not know about the rest of you but I wait (impatiently at best) for news that Kazakhstan adoption has re-opened. This has not occurred yet and seems not to be on the horizon. Kazakhstan is currently closed in order to facilitate its Hague Convention partnership status with the United States. While it does not appear that anything is happening- I believe that it is. In a world where there are presently [approximately] 153 million orphans, protection of children and adoption programs should be applauded. That is what the Hague Convention offers. It is a way that all countries involved in a adoption relationship can have a say in the care and keeping of the children who are orphaned and looking for… [more]

Let’s Do This

July 13th, 2011

1188750_seats_pleaseI wish with all of my heart that I had a real update for you regarding Kazakhstan adoption. I do not. I have been off for the last six weeks do to injury and really hoped that the delay would allow time for this country to have done some activity to report. It has not. I have been discussing adoption from Kazakhstan with a Spanish couple who had their dossier returned to Spain do to the changes and updates. Check out our discussion under the comments from Continue to Watch Kazakhstan. One of the comments they made was that a new bill passed part of the legal requirements on June, 2011. I have not been able to locate whether the other half of… [more]

Still Waiting For Kazakhstan Adoption to Open

March 20th, 2011

1164630_little_girls_at_the_shoreThough Kazakhstan accepted the Hague Convention Statutes, the adoption community is still awaiting news of a reopening. Information about the status of the adoption relationship is sparse at best, the use of the word non-existent is probably fair. The reason that information is so hard to discover is because it simply is not available. Until an agreement is made between Kazakhstan and United States, this country will not reopen its adoption program. The waiting game can make a prospective adoptive parent very anxious. Yet, that time invested is worth every second. When a country works to put statutes and regulations into place the protection of the children becomes the focus. This is a good thing. Always. Kazakhstan has had an adoption program in… [more]

Basic Information

January 24th, 2011

449241_playground_kids_3Though the status of adoption for Kazakhstan remains closed, the target date for re-opening is approaching. Now is a good time to do some research about the country, eligibility requirements and what children are available for adoption. When Kazakhstan adoption re-opens, it will be with Hague Convention status. Here is some basic information. The children that are available (or will be in the near future) are of both genders. They live in "well-run, loving orphanages and are healthy, though special needs children are available." Most of the children that are available are toddler to preschool aged. Ethnicity is Asian, Eurasian and Caucasian. Eligibility requirements are fairly standard. Only heterosexual applicants are eligible. People over the age of fifty (between fifty and fifty-five) can only… [more]

Annual Post Placement Report – Part One

February 21st, 2007

Much debate has occurred on one of my groups about the requirement for annual post placement reports. For Max's adoption (2001) we were not told about the requirement - but for Logan's adoption (2004) we were aware of it. I wrote to the Kazakhstan Consultate, Embassy and the US Embassy in Kazakhstan for clarification. Below is the translated copy of the law and "when" it changed legally (November 12, 2002) - please see #19 on Part Two of this series: Decree of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan as of November 12, 2002 # 1197 About approval of Regulations for Foreign Parents Seeking to Adopt Kazakhstani Children In accordance with the Article 209 of the Law of the RK “About marriage and family” the Government of the… [more]

Last Post-Placement Report versus 1st Home Study

February 14th, 2007
Categories: Home Study, Paperwork

Hearts I noticed on one of my groups the posting from parents just entering the adoption process and how nervous they were about their first home visit. My heart goes out to them – I remember it all too well. Rebecca’s father and I spent months preparing our home for that visit – we painted, we scrubbed, we shampooed carpets, we overhauled every closet in the house and even scrubbed garbage cans till they sparkled! I vividly remember getting pulled over by a police officer for not stopping completely at a stop sign – I had gone to borrow the edger from my parents to edge the lawn! I burst into tears at being pulled over – knowing that I… [more]