SPECIAL REGIONAL CONSIDERATIONS - KAZAKHSTAN
Kazakhstan is not a party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (the Convention). Adoption agencies are not recognized in Kazakhstan. Current Kazakhstani law does not recognize any intermediaries that would represent the parents and act between prospective adoptive parents and children. However, foreign prospective adoptive parents can have assistants, such as interpreters or lawyers, who help them through the adoption process.
In March 2008, the Department of State was informed that the Embassy of Kazakhstan is conducting a review of intercountry adoption procedures. Until completed, this review affects the processing of new adoption dossiers. Although initial indications were that no new cases would be processed during the review, some new cases may have been accepted. It is not known at this time how long this review will require.
3 Office of Children's Issues, United States Department of State, Intercountry Adoption, Kazakhstan, adoption.state.gov/country/kazakhstan.html