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]

Continue to Watch Kazakhstan Adoption

May 11th, 2011

1209991_waitingIt is a shame that I have no new information for you regarding adoption from Kazakhstan at this time. I know that there are so many of you waiting for news. I think that we are in the 'waiting and watching phase," if you will. In this phase, you the prospective adoptive parent scour all news sources and written material hoping for information on the much desired re-opening and Kazakhstan, I would assume, works tirelessly behind closed doors to meet the requirements and regulations that must be in place. Kazakhstan was slated for re-opening in March of 2011 but has not begun to accept new families/dossiers yet. This is a difficult place to be. For those of you who are waiting, the desired… [more]

Holding… But Nearing a Change

January 11th, 2011

1314523_hands_familySpanning from the Caspian Sea to China, the country of Kazakhstan is located in what is termed as Central Asia. It is a large country filled with diverse people groups. Yet, it in all of its vastness, there is emptiness as well. Though 'rich in minerals,' it does not boast the economy to support the development  of these mineral industries. It is a country that has struggled with environmental issues from aging nuclear warheads. Yet there are parts of this country that have been preserved and developed by the natives. The majority of the children in this country have Asian, Russian and Caucasian roots. This shows the marks of a diverse culture. Often the children come into the 'database' and are there for 6… [more]

Happy Kazakh New Year!

March 22nd, 2007
Categories: Culture, Holidays

Taraz Larry & I were very lucky to have participated in Nauryz - during Logan's adoption. We have very fond memories of the women and young ladies all in dance attire - performing traditional Kazakh dance. We also went from yurt to yurt to celebrate - we even ate horse. :) That week we were able to go to the races to see the horses race - another Kazakh tradition. Please remember that you may be able to find local resources to celebrate: http://www.utexas.edu/cola/centers/creees/content/events/PDF/072/nauryz.pdf http://kazakhstan.adoptionblogs.com/weblogs/aul-s-nauryz-2007-in-metro-boston http://kazakhstan.adoptionblogs.com/weblogs/navruz-festival-saturday-march-24th-indi Since I can't explain it as well - I thought I'd find a good source to do so: Source for this blog: http://www.president.kz/ NAURYZ - a holiday of spring… [more]

7th Annual Kazakhstan Family Weekend – SAVE the Date

March 1st, 2007

Kaz Dolls If you have adopted from Kazakhstan or are in the paperwork stages -- please mark your calendars to attend the 7th Annual Family Weekend – Friday, June 22nd through Sunday, June 24th. We have secured a group rate of $71.99 for families who will travel to the event at Comfort Suites Inn located in Twinsburg, OH – please call 330-963-5909 by May 24th to guarantee the group rate. To receive this rate book under the Midwest Kaz Group. These are suite rooms and include a hot breakfast buffet in the rate. We will meet at the hotel for a welcome reception on Friday, June 22nd at 6:30 PM – greet old friends and welcome… [more]

Kazakhstan State Groups and Camp Links

February 13th, 2007

welcome As always a big thank you to Susan for creating her website and keeping it up to date with information for parents who are considering adopting, have adopted – the greatest joy is keeping our children connected and she has a link on her website for local groups through-out the USA: US Regional Groups for families with children from Kazakhstan: http://kazakhadoptivefamilies.com/groups.html Since August of 2001, this group of CA families has shared info and was able to plan outings – it currently has 154 members. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Adopt_Kazakhstan_CA/ Fifty-six families from Southern CA are in this group and welcome anyone who has completed the adoption process and live in or near Southern California: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/KazakhstanEvents_Socal/ http://groups.yahoo.com/group/coloradokazakhfamilies/ - if you live in Colorado and would like to connect with other families and plan events… [more]

Kazakhstan Flag and National Emblem

February 12th, 2007
Categories: Culture

If you are scrapbooking or obtaining information for a report for your child about his or her birth country – as always – I like to try to provide some informational links: Oriental Express – Central Asia http://www.kazakhstan.orexca.com/ or Silk Road Paintings (Kazakhstan) http://www.kazakhcrafts.com/ They both contain a wealth of information and I hope to touch base on a few items and information that may interest you: Kaz Flag The National Flag of the Republic of Kazakhstan On June 4th of 1992, this became the flag for Kazakhstan. It is sky-blue in color with a golden sun (32 rays) in the center and below is the soaring steppe eagle. The national ornament goes down vertically on the left of the flag. The sun, its rays, eagle and ornament… [more]

Kazakh New Year – March 21st

February 10th, 2007
Categories: Holidays

Larry and I were lucky enough to experience Navruz first hand during our younger son’s adoption in 2004. We truly had a wonderful time – seeing the dancing in the street, street performers, hot air balloon and yurts set up all around the city square and also along the park in Taraz. We also attended a national horse racing competition, which has become part of the New Year celebration. Did you know that this spring “New Year” holiday has been celebrated for more than 2,500 years? It is know by the following spellings – Noruz, Nowruz, Nowroos and Nawruz. It originated in Persia and is associated with the ancient Zoroastrian religion. Navrus means “new day” in Farsi. Today, Navrus is celebrated each year on March… [more]

Aul’s Nauryz 2007 in metro Boston

February 7th, 2007

From the Desk of Susan Saxon Info about this year's Kazakh Aul of the US's Nauryz festival to be held on March 24th in Arlington, Mass is now up on the Aul's website, including information about programs and a downloadable registration form. Nauryz is a major Central Asian holiday to welcome the new year at the spring equinox. Our Kazakhstan Culture Liaison, Assylgul Dalabayeva, is coming from Almaty to perform Dombra, plus traditional dances will be performed by Gulsaya Tuleubayeva, Daniyar and Bakhtiyar Baidaralin. Admission fees are cheaper if you register by March 17th http://www.kazakh-aul-us.org/Activities.htm For those of you -- most of you - for whom geography makes attending prohibitive, but want to learn more about Nauryz and ways that you can welcome the new year at home, we invite you to download a pdf that… [more]

Navruz Festival – Saturday, March 24th – Indiana University

February 4th, 2007

Navruz The IU Navruz Student Association invites you to the Annual Celebration of Navruz, the New Year Holiday for many of the peoples of Afghanistan, Iran, Central Asia (Kazakhstan), the Caucasus and Turkey. This year's Navruz Festival will be on Saturday, March 24, 2007 from 2PM - 7PM on IU's main Bloomington, Indiana Campus in the Wilkie Auditorium, 150 North Rose Avenue (off of E. 3rd Street). Following the program, "a taste of Central Asia" will be served in Forest dining hall. The IU Navruz Festival has three components: contemporary and traditional cultural performances, a sampling of the food from the various countries and regions and cultural displays. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend. Also this year, on March 5th… [more]