The Republic of Kazakhstan is a vast and sparsely populated country that stretches over a large expanse of northern and central Eurasia between Russia and China. Its diverse people include those of Kazakh, Russian, Chinese, Korean, Turkish, and Mongolian ancestry. MAPS International has been completing adoptions from Kazakhstan since 1993, and since that time many wonderful children have come home to join their forever families. Our adoption coordinators within Kazakhstan help identify infants and young children in orphanages available for adoption. Families applying to the program, who have a completed home study and INS approval, can often experience a very fast adoption process.
At A Glance
|Parent Requirements: No more than 45 years between younger parent and child; some flexibility for older children. Single women are accepted. Both adoptive parents must be US citizens.
|Children: Healthy infants (usually 8 months+), toddlers through age 4, of Asian, Eurasian, and some Caucasian ethnicity. (Families must be open to adopting a child of Asian ethnicity.) Sibling groups are rare. Children may have minor correctable health issues / orphanage delay with potential for normal life in a family.
|Waiting Time:Invitation to travel approx. 5-8 months after dossier submission (for infants of either gender). No detailed child information is provided prior to travel. Complete information is received while in country.
|Travel: Both parents must travel, but one parent may return early. Choice of 1 trip of approximately 8-11 weeks or multiple trips - first trip approx. 4-6 weeks, Second trip is approximately 3-4 weeks later lasting 5-7 days. Possibility of escort for final trip. Travel expenses: $8,000-$12,000 plus child’s ticket and visa.
Your MAPS Kazakhstan Adoption Staff
Libby Walch, BS, has been part of our international adoption team for almost ten years. Currently working with families adopting from Kazakhstan, Libby has also worked in our China, Ukraine, and Russia programs. In addition, she serves as a professional team member for the Council on Accreditation.
Phone: (207) 775-4101
For a complete information packet about our services, our adoption programs (domestic and international), and the adoption process, please complete the form below.