August 29th, 2012
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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 adoptions to the United States, effective immediately. Ambassador Susan Jacobs, Special Advisor for Children’s Issues, met with government officials in Kazakhstan on August 16 to address the Ministry’s concerns. The Ministry clarified that the suspension involves a pause in adoption referrals, but does not affect Kazakhstan’s ongoing process to authorize U.S. adoption service providers. The Department of State is continuing discussions with Kazakhstan as a Hague Adoption Convention partner…


This is unfortunate for those of you who have been waiting to move forward with an adoption from Kazakhstan. The wait and legalities can make adoption feel as though it takes years. Though sometimes it does take that long, other times the wait ends up being a bump in the road and quickly is resolved. It is my hope that this is the case for this adoption relationship.

In order to become legal adoption partners, the United States and Kazakhstan must come to an agreement that both are comfortable with and able to comply with. This is where the difficulty often arises. In order to bring adoption programs into comliance, money must be invested and changes made. The greatest hurdle to completing the legalities is the ‘hurdle’ that I often refer to. Each country has its own set of expectations when going into the adoption relationship. That is why countries, outside of the U.S., have agencies that are certified and ready to begin placement.

At this point, Kazakhstan is still listed on the U.S. governmental website as not being open. Kazakhstan is Hague certified but has not entered into a full agreement with the United States and has delayed that re-opening. I will continue to monitor the adoption status of this country and bring any information as soon as it is available.

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