Homestudies & Adoption Placement Services is excited to partner with Nightlight Christian Adoptions to provide an adoption program for Kyrgyzstan! Kyrgyzstan was part of the former Soviet Union. It is located south of Kazakhstan and is an independent republic. The capital city is Bishkek.
Children available for adoption may be of Kyrgyz (Mongol and Turk), Russian or Kyrgyz/Russian ethnic backgrounds. The children are generally over age 2. At this time there are many 4-5 year olds available. The Kyrgyz government provides referral information to registered families. With your child referral, you will receive a photo and a brief social/medical history available for the child. We will provide you with as much information as we are able to obtain on a child, however, there will never be as much information on a child’s background as we would like. The medical information is more critical for evaluating a baby for adoption since this is essentially all of the information available. As a child gets older their character, personality, temperament and intelligence become more important.
ELIGIBILITY TO ADOPT
Married couples or single women may apply to adopt from Kyrgyzstan. The parents must be in good health. Questions as to the number of other children in the family and other considerations are evaluated on a case by case basis depending on the characteristics of the child sought for adoption. The orphanage director, the adoption officials or the court may impose other restrictions as they consider necessary or advisable.
It generally takes approximately 12-24 months to complete the adoption process. First, you will need to complete your home study, file for USCIS approval and prepare your dossier for Kyrgyzstan (about 3-5 months). Once your dossier is submitted there is a wait of 9-12 months, depending on the age of the child you wish to adopt (longer for a child 3 years and younger). Once you receive a referral, the first trip happens within a few weeks.
There are 3 trips required for the program. Kyrgyz law requires the family to make a trip (trip 1) to the country to verify selection of a child and fulfill a mandatory 10-day bonding requirement. At the end of the bonding period, dossier documents are submitted to the court. Parents should expect to stay in country for 10-15 days for this trip. Once the 10-day bonding period is completed, documents are submitted to court and the family will return to the United States. The family will travel to Kyrgyzstan (trip 2) again 6-8 weeks later to attend the court hearing. After the court hearing, it takes 30 days for the court ruling to be finalized. Parents will need to return to Kyrgyzstan (trip 3) approximately 6-8 weeks later to finish the adoption process and bring their child home.
The second trip is normally 3-5 days in duration. The third trip is generally 7-10 days, including a short trip to Almaty, Kazakhstan (about a 4-hour drive from Bishkek) to obtain an immigrant visa at the U.S. Embassy. You are able to fly home directly from Almaty. Both parents must travel for the first trip and it is possible that only one parent will be required to travel for the second and third trips.
Additional details about the adoption process from Kyrgyzstan can be found at the US Department of State, Kyrgyzstan Page.