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Kazakhstan International Adoption

A Kazakhstan international adoption can be either pursued independently or with the help of an adoption agency. But if you choose an adoption agency, take care in choosing an agency that is reputable.

The steps necessary for pursuing an adoption from Kazakhstan are explained by the Kazakhstan embassy and listed in fairly good detail on their embassy website. Here's what they say, in brief:

Children Available

If a child is not being taken care of by a Kazakh citizen, and if the child's relatives are not interested in adopting him, that child is put on the centralized registry at the Ministry of Education. Once the child has been listed for three months, he is then available for a Kazakhstan international adoption. Furthermore, if the child is aged 10 or over, he must also give his consent to be adopted.

Required Dossier

One of the first steps in pursuing an adoption from Kazakhstan is the dossier. You must prepare both a dossier and a cover letter and submit them to the Consular Section of the Embassy of Kazakhstan. The dossier must include the following:

Letter of Intent to Adopt
and Parent Commitment Letter

Your parent commitment letter should be addressed to the Ministry of Education. In pursuing a Kazakhstan international adoption, you must pledge yourself to main the child's Kazakhstan citizenship until the age of 18 and to prepare post adoption reports once a year until the child becomes 18 years old. You must also agree to allow visitation rights to Representatives of the Kazakhstan Consulate in the US and Kazakhstan officials until the child reaches 18.

Medical Certificates

You must prepare medical certificates and they must be less than three months old at the time you submit your documents to the Embassy. Each certificate must be accompanied by a copy of the signing doctor's license to practice.

Home Study

The home study for your Kazakhstan international adoption must be accompanied by a copy of the preparer's license and the license must be valid for at least one complete year. The Home study must also be accompanied by a post placement commitment.

The preparer of the home study should also prepare a Letter of Favorable Commitment.

FBI Clearance

This must be less than 6 months old at the time your documents are submitted to the Embassy.

Consular Fee Payment

This must be in the form of a Money Order for up to $180 United States dollars. The check should be made payable to the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Other Required Documents

You must also submit your marriage certificate, birth certificates and any divorce decrees. You must also provide employment letters, financial statements, home ownership form and a bank letter. And finally as part of your Kazakhstan international adoption dossier, you must provide a prepared Power of Attorney, pictures of the prospective parents and your I-171H form.

All documents must be notarized and apostilled. They must also be translated into Kazakh or Russian.

One Parent's Example

One parent who successfully pursued an independent Kazakhstan international adoption has provided an example of her dossier on the website Kazakh Adoptive Families. You can see it by clicking here.

The Process

After you have submitted your dossier to the Embassy of Kazakhstan, the Embassy will check and verify you documents and then forward them to the Foreign Ministry. Then your dossier will go to the Education Ministry and eventually be forwarded to regional agencies. If your dossier is approved, you will be issued a special visa for adoption.

Once you arrive in Kazakhstan, you must personally choose your child and spend at least two weeks with the child. The case is then taken to court for a court order. Then birth and adoption certificates will be issued along with your child's Kazakh passport.

The entire process for a Kazakhstan international adoption should take about five months.

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