Adopting from Kazakhstan

Welcome House has been in operation since 1949 and has placed over 7,000 children from 28 countries worldwide. In May 2012, the Ministry of Education and Science, the Central Authority for adoption in the Republic of Kazakhstan approved the first U.S. accredited adoption service providers to process intercountry adoptions from Kazakhstan to the United States under the Hague Convention. Welcome House is pleased to announce that our adoption program received accreditation and was approved to accept applications in January 2013. Pearl S. Buck International has established an office in Shymkent, the southern region of Kazakhstan, to support families in-country. Welcome House assisted families with adoption from Kazakhstan from 2007-2009 when it was a non-Hague country and we are pleased to be resuming adoption services.

Kazakhstan placed a suspension on intercountry adoption between U.S. Citizens and Kazakhstan in August of 2012.  It is not yet known when the suspension will be lifted and when dossiers will be accepted. Prospective adoptive parents may begin the adoption process but need to acknowledge their understanding of the current delays.

View the Welcome House Adoption Guide to learn more about the program highlights, available children, travel information, and fee schedule.

For more information about adopting from Kazakhstan or to begin your adoption journey, contact a program coordinator at


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Welcome House Adoption Guide
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