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On April 5, 2012, Kazakhstan was working on improving compliance with the Hague Convention laws and guidelines by accepting applications from adoption services providers--usually meaning adoption agencies--that are looking for intercountry accreditation. On May 10, 2012, Kazakhstan announced two agencies that received accreditation and are now legally allowed to practice intercountry adoption in Kazakhstan. These accredited agencies include Across the World Adoptions and Little Miracles. That means adoptive parent applicants must work with one of the two agencies in order to be eligible for adoption.

That was the last step that Kazakhstan needed to fulfill in order to be accepted into the Hague Adoption Convention and to be listed as one of the participating countries. Prospective adoptive parents in the United States can now adopt children from Kazakhstan and be sure that all requirements for the child's safety and well-being are followed accordingly.

Who Can Be Adopted?

Infants are not eligible for adoption at this time. However, the eligible adoptable age of a child in Kazakhstan is one year and older. While some countries only allow children with special needs to be adopted, Kazakhstan allows both special needs and those without special needs to be adopted by U.S. citizens.

Prospective adoptive parents need to be aware that they cannot choose a child; they are assigned a child. If they decline the child, the process is over. Even so, Kazakhstan does refer to the homestudy, dossier, and the application materials to determine a good match for the family.

Eligibility for Adoptive Parents

While singles are allowed to apply and adopt from Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan strongly prefers to match children with married couples. Also, the adoptive mother cannot be more than forty-five years older than the child. For example, if the adoptive mother is 50 years old, she cannot request a child under the age of five.

Prospective adoptive parents need to be available to make two separate trips to Kazakhstan during the placement process. Each of these trips will last between five or six weeks.

Adopting from Kazakhstan can be a long, tedious process with many guidelines and requirements, but it's one more viable location from which prospective adoptive parents can adopt.
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