Staying Connected to Home while In Kazakhstan

March 21st, 2007
Categories: Travel

Telephone Wires Many adoptive parents are adopting for the first time - but a good portion are leaving young children at home during their adoption journey. We chose to tell my in-laws about what time we'd call every evening - in an attempt to have them home and also the line free for us to talk with our son. It is probably important to establish some type of "timing" to make a call with the time zone difference and it is often difficult to receive a call in to the hotel (unless you know when the front desk would have an English speaking receptionist). We also chose to develop a web page that we could update daily -- so family… [more]

How to enjoy the in-country time in Kazakhstan

March 10th, 2007
Categories: Travel

Clock I've read many personal blogs and websites that write about the frustrations of being away from home for so long. Lets face it - we typically take one maybe two week vacations during the year. To put our lives on "hold" for 5 to 7 weeks - just seems impossible - frustrating. But - as hard and impossible as it seems - take a deep breath and count the blessings that come out of all this: 1.) Never in your life will a time come again that the world 'stops' and you get to spend such one on one time with your child. You're getting to know him or her on their "turf" and this should ease their transition… [more]

Taldy-Korgan and Zhezkazgan

February 6th, 2007
Categories: City Information

Taldy-Korgan In November of 2002, a group was formed by adoptive families that adopted from Taldy-Korgan, Kazakhstan – if you have adopted or are in the process of adopting from Taldy-Korgan – please join them ----- Taldy-Korgan is a southeastern city of Kazakhstan and was founded in the second half of the 19th century. Food products, construction materials and diverse light industries predominate. Three parks exist in the city, the largest of which half encircles the city, industrial and agricultural colleges, and a medical school. In July of 2005 – World Partners Adoption agency built a playground – for pictures visit here: Zhezkazgan In February of 2002, a group was formed by adoptive families that adopted from Zhezkazgan – if you have adopted or are in the process of adopting from… [more]

Ust-Kamenogorsk & Pavlodar, Kazakhstan

January 24th, 2007

Ust-Kamenogorsk If you are adopting or have adopted from this region – please consider joining: - the group has almost 200 members – you can chose to receive posts by individual email, daily digest or go to no mail and read on line when you have some free time. I just highly encourage parents to connect with other families who have adopted in the same region that their child is born. A nice way to give back to this region is through an organization called ACORN – they can be reached at They are a non-profit organization formed by individuals to better the lives of children living in the various orphanages. One of their projects provide life skills to the older children – so when they leave – they… [more]


January 19th, 2007

Did you know the other names that Astana is or was known by? Aqmola, Akmola and Tselinograd are the ones listed on Susan’s site at Astana I would love to hear from families who have adopted from Astana to see if they ever visit the Duman Entertainment Center – it looks awesome on its website: The Children’s City sounds like a typical play area in some amusement parks or play areas located in the United States – with netting, tunnels, ball pits and trampoline! When we return to Kazakhstan with our children – we’ll have to be sure to stop in Astana to visit here. Duman also has a 3-D movie theatre, food court, aquarium and shops. If you are adopting or visiting… [more]

Almaty, Kazakhstan

January 16th, 2007

A must bookmark, as mentioned previous times before – would be Susan’s site. Specifically written for Almaty is: I promise you won’t regret a moment of time you spend researching and learning there. Kazakh Stamps During Max’s adoption, we were able to explore Almaty at the beginning and end of our adoption journey. We actually spent a little over a week in Almaty in April of 2001 with Max’s adoption. We returned to Almaty in 2004 for Logan’s adoption and could not begin to imagine the changes! The Almaty airport for one – it was really a very modern and nice airport. We vividly remember not thinking “much” of Almaty – until we sent time in Semey, which… [more]

Taraz, Kazakhstan

January 10th, 2007

Map of Kaz I’m blogging about the various cities in Kazakhstan, in hopes of giving adoptive families a quick snapshot of their children’s birth city. Hopefully it will become a source of information for families hoping to adopt also. Taraz was formerly known as Zhambyl – so if searching the Internet it may be worth entering both variations to obtain information. Taraz is located in Southern Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan borders it. It is a large and fairly modern city. Long ago it flourished as a stop along the Silk Road. Taraz has a rich history and you should take the time to explore the city, its museums and even amusement park! I spent 2 to 4 hours a day… [more]

Semey, Kazakhstan

January 8th, 2007

Semey I’m hoping to help you explore the various cities of Kazakhstan – so families who have adopted can have city information in one blog. Since I have two children from Kazakhstan, I thought I would start with their birth cities. Max, our oldest is from Semey, which its full name is Semipalatinsky. The name is derived from the seven-halled Buddhist temple (seven palaces) – found in 1718. It is a river port, rail terminus and commercial center. It has one of the country’s largest meat packing plant. It has a theatre and three museums. I know many adoptive parents worry about the nuclear testing that took place in 1949 and the site I found with the most details was: If you… [more]

Adoption Travel

December 13th, 2006
Categories: Travel

Boy on plane On some of my various groups, I have heard discussions about the length of travel time required to now complete a Kazakhstan adoption. Although I know that the amount of time (2 to 3 trips) which includes bonding time (2 weeks at the baby house prior to court) – has made some adoptive parents turn to other countries that better suit their family needs. I also know in my heart that Kazakhstan has many beautiful children who won’t have the opportunity to find a forever family and having spent 7 weeks my last adoption – I know that the bonding time at the baby house is truly beneficial to the children – it helps them to get… [more]

Shopping in Kazakhstan

November 5th, 2006
Categories: Shopping

Kaz Outfits One of the benefits of the in country stay is the opportunity to shop for some traditional artifacts for our children. I think many typical items come to mind, the yurt, the dream catcher, and the nesting dolls. I HIGHLY recommend our two favorites – the DOLLS and the outfits for our boys (which our host daughter brought to us during her stay). In Almaty you have the RAM Store, a 3-story mall, with a K-Mart-type store on the second floor. There is also a skating rink and a food court (just like home!). It is located south of the Central Museum. During Logan’s adoption I did a major grocery shopping here. During… [more]