Kazakhstan: Case-by-Case Determination for Intercountry Adoptions between the United States and Kazakhstan

This notice updates the January 31, 2020 notice.

Please note: While policy changes appear to have made adoptions possible again, the U.S. Embassy has not yet observed any completed adoptions.   

Nearly a decade after Kazakhstan suspended intercountry adoptions recent policy changes appear to have made it possible once again for U.S. adoptive parents to adopt in the country.

Kazakhstani authorities have informed the U.S. Department of State of the resumption of case-by-case processing of intercountry adoptions from the Republic of Kazakhstan consistent with the Hague Adoption Convention.

Pursuant to information received from the Government of Kazakhstan, the Committee for the Protection of Children’s Rights of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan, according to paragraph 7 of Article 112 of the Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan “On Marriage (Matrimony) and Family,” has authorized Cradle of Hope as an adoption service provider to operate in the Republic of Kazakhstan. The Ministry also requested full compliance with post-adoption report submission in accordance with paragraph 4 of Article 86 of the Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan “On Marriage (Matrimony) and Family”.

The U.S. Mission in Kazakhstan is actively seeking clarification of the adoption process from the Government of Kazakhstan’s Central Authority and will provide updates as they become available.

Please continue to monitor adoption.state.gov for updated information on intercountry adoptions from Kazakhstan. For questions about this notice, please contact the Office of Children’s Issues at Adoption@state.gov.

Last Updated: November 24, 2020