Thursday, June 4, 2009

Considering Kazakhstan

I've decided to take the SAFY foster/adoption process fairly slow. Not stopping, exactly, but just not 100% sure that is where I am meant to be right now.

In the meantime, I've been praying about next moves and have decided to consider another country again. So, I'm looking into Kazakhstan. Main reason being, they have some children of Asian descent, and the possibility of adopting an infant is much greater than anywhere else for me right now. Oh, and singles can adopt.

And, if I'm really honest with myself... I wanted a child (Lil M) because I wanted to be a Mom, and if I adopt again it will be for the same reason. This time it has to be right for both of us. This is a little bit more intimidating than the first time around! :) And, normally it takes me awhile to figure out just the "right" thing...and this time is no different. I don't want to rush it! So, I'm researching adoption agencies right now. I've come up with 3 or 4 that I want to get information from and will go from there.

As usual, I'll keep writing about what's going on... even if that means nothing happens for awhile. :)

On a more personal note... I want to wish my friend Ellen a very happy birthday today!!! :)

Nothing else much going on here, just trying to get over being sick. Hopefully, I'll have that conquered soon!!



  1. I'm biased of course but Kazakhstan is a wonderful option for adding to your family. Our two beautiful children were adopted from Kaz and we're currently in the process of adopting another child from Kazakhstan. We had a very positive experience and have a deep affection for the country and its people. The travel can seem daunting but it really is an amazing opportunity to experience life in your child's country of birth and have those memories to share with him/her.

    Best wishes whatever path you choose.


  2. Hello and thanks for your comment.

    We're using MAPS out of Portland ME (we're in PA). They are a well respected and experienced agency. I'm not sure if they are currently excepting applications for their Kaz program. There was a slow down at the Consulate of Kaz back in October 2008 and MAPS already had quite a few families in the queue. We just sneaked in under the wire. I would call them to see what the status is. now. We're only part of the way through the process but I would recommend MAPS based on our experiences to date.

    We used a different agency for our first adoption but they are not longer working in Kazakhstan.

    Good luck with your research. Please let me know if you have an specific questions.

    Best wishes.


  3. My mother adopted from Kazakhstan in 2006. The stay was long, but the experience was very positive. I traveled with her and loved the country.