Kazakhstan is a country in Eastern Europe with many children waiting in Child Welfare Homes. The children are of both Asian and Caucasian descent. Currently (February 2020) Kazakhstan works with very few adoption agencies within the USA.
Children Available : Children ages 18 months to 10 years old, with and without significant health issues, with Asian and Russian features, are available. Some children may have minor health issues. Children with significant medical issues (missing limbs, cardiac defects requiring surgery, deafness, dwarfism, cleft lip/palate requiring surgery, genital defects requiring surgery, and similar conditions) can be as young as 12 months and will be placed on a reduced fee basis. Detailed medical and developmental information is provided as well as photos and video. Sibling groups are also available.
Parent Qualifications for Adopting from Kazakhstan: 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.
Travel: If married, both parents must travel to KZ to meet child, accept 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 home to the US. One parent must travel back to KZ about 6 weeks after the court hearing to process child’s US immigrant visa and bring child home
Timeline: Families will need 5- 6 months to complete a homestudy, obtain US immigration approval and compile their adoption dossier. Once an adoption dossier is submitted to the KZ Central Authority, a child referral is expected within two months, depending on the child request. Family will travel to meet the child within 1-2 months of preliminary acceptance of the referral. Adoption should be completed within 6 approximately months of acceptance of the referral.