May 3rd, 2012
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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 available on the Central Authority’s website shortly.

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This is such good news for this adoption program. Keep in mind that this approval is only ‘one-sided.’ Every prospective adoptive country must work out a legal structure and requirements that are acceptable to both parties and needed changes must be made before the country can re-open their adoption relationship. This often takes a large amount of time to complete and can cause many people to lose hope.

The upcoming re-opening is anticipated by many. If you are waiting for this country to re-open its adoption program- this is a step in the right direction. It has been such a long time in the making and should be celebrated. When Kazakhstan re-opens its program, there will be many children available for adoption. The system will have more organization and the regulations will protect the prospective adoptive parent as well as the child. This is always a good thing and should allow for growth in this program.

I will keep you updated as information surfaces. There will be a lot of changes coming about in this adoption program and hopefully the next notice will give us the good news of the re-opening. Until then, keep connected to the adoption community by reading about other people’s adoption experiences through blogs and groups. This can offer invaluable information that will definitely help you when the time comes. Most people in the adoption community are very willing to share their experiences. Tap into their expertise.

At this point, Kazakhstan is not open for adoption. They are completing the certification for the Hague Convention and will be regulating their program accordingly. When this is complete- they will re-open.

~Angie
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