We are excited to announce the official re-opening of our Kazakhstan program, now under the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption. We will begin receiving applications for the program immediately. Please refer to the Kazakhstan webpage for eligibility requirements, estimated costs and specific information regarding the adoption process. Because of the “pilot program” nature of this process, we will be limiting the number of families accepted into the program, as well as limiting acceptance to families with a child request of 12 months up to a minimum of 48 months (1-4 years). Families open to this or a broader age range and who meet eligibility requirements will be given preference into the program.
Prospective adoptive families should note that Kazakhstan does still have a temporary suspension of adoptions from the United States as they work with the U.S. Department of State to setup a newly revised adoption process. We don’t know when this suspension will be lifted, though we have seen progress and Kazakhstan continues to accredit U.S. adoption agencies in anticipation of opening up. We have confirmed that families may complete Hague home studies and can receive USCIS approval while this suspension is in place.
America World received accreditation by the Kazakhstan central adoption authorities in the summer of 2012 followed by registration of our agency in the northern region of Pavlodar. Families will submit dossiers to the central adoption authorities and be matched with children from this region. If you would like more information on the Kazakhstan program, please submit a free Pre-Application and one of our program staff will be in touch with you directly. You may also call 800-429-3369 and ask to speak with a Family Coordinator.