Why Adopt from Kazakhstan?

Kazakhstan is the world’s ninth biggest country by area, the largest of the former states of the former Soviet Union apart from Russia itself, and the richest country in the region due to its large oil and natural gas reserves. It borders Russia, China, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. Kazakhstan placed almost 700 children with US families in 2007 – 2011, but none since. It is now willing to resume placements to US families and hundreds of children are waiting for homes through Cradle of Hope.

Why Adopt from Kazakhstan?

Kazakhstan is the world’s ninth biggest country by area, the largest of the former states of the former Soviet Union apart from Russia itself, and the richest country in the region due to its large oil and natural gas reserves. It borders Russia, China, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. Kazakhstan placed almost 700 children with US families in 2007 – 2011, but none since. It is now willing to resume placements to US families and hundreds of children are waiting for homes.

Available Children

Children ages 2 to 10 years old are available. Children may have mild to moderate medical issues. Medical and developmental information is provided as well as photos and video. Sibling groups are also available. Children may have Russian, Kazak or mixed ethnicity.

Length of Process

Most families will need 5- 6 months to complete a home study, obtain US immigration approval and compile their adoption dossier.  Once the dossier is submitted to the Kazakhstan Central Authority, a child referral is expected within two to three months, depending on the child request.  Within 1 month of preliminary acceptance of referral, the family will travel to meet the child, remain for a month long acclimation period, attend a court hearing and then go home. At least one parent must return to Kazakhstan approximately six weeks later for approximately two weeks to complete the adoption, obtain the child’s immigrant visa and bring the child home.

Travel Requirements

If married, both parents must travel to KZ to meet child, accept the referral, and for an acclimation period of about 4 weeks. In some circumstances there may be some flexibility which would allow one parent to leave early, return for the court hearing and then go home to the US. One parent must travel back to KZ about 6 weeks after court hearing to process child’s US immigrant visa and bring child home. Families will be assisted by bilingual coordinators during their trips. Internal travel logistics including hotels, domestic flights and ground transportation can be arranged by our KZ office or on your own.

Eligibility Criteria

Adoptive parents must be at least 30 and not more than 55 years of age (with some possible exceptions on a case by case basis). Couples must be married at least 2 years. Applicants should be of good moral standing, good health, and financially secure. Single women are also eligible to adopt from KZ.

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