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]

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]

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]

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]

Kazakhstan Shows No Movement

August 31st, 2011

1124761_where_are_youKazakhstan adoption continues to be on hold. As of now, I do not know whether this country is matching any of their children. I was asked about that question back in July and cannot find any information that supports this. All of my sources state that Kazakhstan is not using intercountry adoption as a source "of permanency" at this time. I am not certain when or if this country will re-open its program to allow for these adoptions to start in the near future. I see no leaning in that direction. Though, I know that they are working to fulfill their Hague Convention certification and become a partner with other countries. This is a huge legal process that requires both countries to be… [more]