Adopting from Kyrgyzstan
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A Central Asian country of incredible natural beauty and proud nomadic traditions, most of Kyrgyzstan was formally annexed to Russia in 1876. The Kyrgyz staged a major revolt against the Tsarist Empire in 1916 in which almost one-sixth of the Kyrgyz population was killed. Kyrgyzstan became a Soviet republic in 1936 and achieved independence in 1991 when the USSR dissolved. Nationwide demonstrations in the spring of 2005 resulted in the ouster of President Askar AKAEV, who had run the country since 1990. To learn more please read About Kyrgyzstan.
Kyrgyzstan Adoption Alert
Hague Convention Information
Kyrgyzstan is not party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). Therefore, when the Hague Adoption Convention entered into force for the United States on April 1, 2008, intercountry adoption processing for Kyrgyzstan did not change.
In October 2008 the previous Kyrgyz government halted all intercountry adoptions. This decision was in response to allegations of corruption and illegal processing. At this time it is not possible for new intercountry adoption cases to move forward.
Applying for Your U.S. Passport
A valid U.S. passport is required to enter and leave Kyrgyzstan. Only the U.S. Department of State has the authority to grant, issue, or verify U.S. passports. Getting or renewing a passport is easy. To learn more please read about Traveling Abroad in Kyrgyzstan.
The Kyrgyzstan requires post placement reports twice a year until the child is fourteen years old. Adoptive families must submit their reports through their adoption agencies to be forwarded to the Kyrgyz Ministry of Education. We strongly urge you to comply with the wish of Kyrgyzstan and complete all post-adoption requirements in a timely manner. Your adoption agency may be able to help you with this process. Your cooperation will contribute to Kyrgyzstan's history of positive experiences with American parents.
What resources are available to assist families after the adoption?
Many adoptive parents find it important to find support after the adoption. Take advantage of all the resources available to your family -- whether it's another adoptive family, a support group, an advocacy organization, or your religious or community services.
Here are some good places to start your support group search:
NOTE: Inclusion of non-U.S. Government links does not imply endorsement of contents.
U.S. Embassy in Kyrgyzstan
U.S. Embassy in Almaty, Kazakhstan
Consular Section, Adoption Unit Branch Office of the United States of America 97 Zholdasbekova, Samal - 2 Almaty, Kazakhstan 480099 Tel: 7-3272-50-48-02 Fax: 7-3272-50-48-84 Website: U.S. Embassy Kazahkstan
Ministry of Education Department for Extracurricular Education and Protection of Children's Rights (DEEPCR) 257 Tynystanova Street Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Embassy of Kyrgyzstan
Office of Children's Issues
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
For questions about immigration procedures, call the National Customer Service Center (NCSC) 1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833)
Intercountry Adoption, Bureau of Consular Affairs. U.S. Department of State Country Information adoption.state.gov/country_information/country_specific_info.php?country-select=kyrgyzstan