Kazakhstan Adoption Fast Facts

Wondering how to adopt from Kazakhstan? Find statistics, prospective parent requirements, personal stories, and more resources.

A girl who joined her family via Kazakhstan adoption

In August 2012, Kazakhstan announced that it was suspending all intercountry adoptions to the United States. The country continues to work on authorizing U.S. adoption service providers to meet the requirements of the Hague Adoption Convention.

Many of the children eligible for adoption in Kazakhstan have special needs.

For more up-to-date information on how to adopt from Kazakhstan, visit the Kazakhstan Adoption page on the U.S. State Department’s website. Get parent-to-parent advice and support in the Kazakhstan Adoptive Families group in our online community, AdoptiveFamiliesCircle.

Search the National Infertility & Adoption Directory for adoption agencies placing children from Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan Adoption Fast Facts

  • 2011 Adoptions: 86 (most recent statistic available)
  • Hague Country: Yes
  • Profile of Children: 59% of children are between one and four years old. 56% are girls (2011). The child must consent to adoption if he or she is 10 years or older.
  • Average Total Cost: $30,000 to $40,000
  • Parents’ Ages: The age difference between the parents and the child must be at least 16 years and not more than 45 years.
  • Family Requirements: A couple must be legally married. Gay and lesbian couples and single fathers cannot adopt.
  • Travel: Be prepared to travel to Kazakhstan at least once, for a four week bonding period at the child’s place of residence.
  • Timeline for Kazakhstan Adoption: 6-9 months after submission of dossier

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