Applicants must be least 16 years and not more than 45 years older than the child. Married heterosexual can apply to adopt from Kazakhstan. Applicants must not have a criminal record history and must be in good health (a psychological and medical examination will be required, including alcohol and drug tests).
Children 16 months and up with minor correctable health needs are available. The child must consent to adoption if he or she is 10 years or older. All the children reside in orphanages.
As Kazakhstan is party to the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption, children must meet the requirements of the Convention in order to be eligible for adoption. That is, the adoption may take place only if the competent authorities of Kazakhstan have determined that placement of the child within Kazakhstan has been given due consideration and that an intercountry adoption is in the child’s best interest.
It is difficult to provide a specific time frame for the adoption process as the political situation and legislation of any country is subject to change.
Once an application is received and the home study is approved, CHOICES will assist in completing your paperwork and preparing the dossier for Kazakhstan. In collaboration with our facilitator, we will guide and assist you through all phases of the adoption process while ensuring all requirements are met both in Canada and in Kazakhstan. More information on the adoption process can be found here.
Families must travel once to spend four weeks in the child’s place of residence in order to establish a bond with the child. According to Kazakhstani law, both parents must be present for this 4-week bonding period prior to the court hearing. The bonding period begins the first working day after arrival in the country.