|You are listening to the Kazakhstan national anthem...
|Iris and Rose were born in Oral (Ural'sk) in the Northwest of Kazakhstan
For those interested, we used World Partners Adoption Inc. We are extremely happy with everyone involved with the agency,
particularly our coordinator Susan Cotton . If you have any specific questions about World Partners or adopting in Kazakhstan, please
don't hesitate to ask on the "Contact Us" page.
Located south of Russia in Central Asia, the Republic of Kazakhstan was the second largest of the former Soviet
republics. Although the economy has improved in recent years due to economic reform and foreign investment, the
number of children living in institutions has grown. More than 2,000 Kazakh children were adopted by families in the
U.S. between 1997 and 2002, 87% of them since 2000.
The people include a mix of native Kazakhs, a mix of Turkic and Mongol tribes who settled the region in the 13th
century; and Russians who have migrated there since Russia conquered the area in the 18th century. Children
available for adoption tend to be of Russian and/or Asian background. Adopting from Kazakhstan requires a 3- to 5-
week trip, depending on the region.
Number of adoptions from Kazakhstan:
Source: U.S. State Department
Age/Gender of Children Adopted From Kazakhstan in 2002
Source: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
34% under 1 year of age
43% 1 – 4 years of age
Best online information sources for Kazakhstan pre-adopters:
• State Department: travel.state.gov/family/adoption_kazakhstan.html
• Kazakhstan and Adoption: www.geocities.com/kazakhstan_adopt/index.html
• Eastern European Adoption Coalition: www.eeadopt.net/site/eeac
• Families for Russian and Ukrainian Adoption: www.frua.org
• CIA World Factbook: www.odci.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/kz.html