Across The World Adoptions is currently accepting applications only from families willing to adopt children up to six years of age.
Salam and welcome to Kyrgyzstan! Across The World Adoptions (ATWA) is honored to announce that on May 2, 2014, we were one of the first agencies to be approved by the Republic of Kyrgyzstan when adoptions were re-opened. You can read the U.S. Department of State announcement at:
Landlocked and mountainous, Kyrgyzstan is a country in Central Asia bordered by China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. Its capital and largest city is Bishkek. The official language, Kyrgyz, is closely related to the other Turkic languages. On the other hand the country is also under a strong cultural influence from Russia.
Kyrgyzstan is not yet a Hague adoption country. Applicants will need to file an I-600A form with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) to begin the adoption process from Kyrgyzstan. The Kyrgyz adoption authority is the Ministry of Social Development (MSD). MSD is the only entity authorized to identify and refer children for adoption. Adoptions are processed by the court in Kyrgyzstan and there will be no foreign supervised providers.
Please review the website of the U.S. Department of State on adoption, including the latest notices and alerts:
- Babies age 6-36 months and children up to 15 years. Prospective parents hoping to adopt babies must be prepared and approved for the adoption of children from 6-36 months of age at the time of referral.
- As the program begins, families may specify a gender preference. As the program proceeds, we may need to re-evaluate this possibility.
- Children are on a national database while a family is sought within Kyrgyzstan and are then released for international adoption.
- Biological siblings are sometimes identified for referral, but it is rare.
- Under unusual circumstances, it may be possible to adopt two unrelated children.
- Basic information on the children is available before travel. Full information is received during travel. Parents may request evaluations in Kyrgyzstan at their own expense.
- The program is currently open to single women or heterosexual married couples under Kyrgyz law.
- Parents must be at least 25 years old, at least 16 years older than the child and not over age 60. The maximum age range between child and either parent is not specified in the new law and will be decided on a case-by-case basis.
- No serious or recent criminal record issues.
- Must enjoy reasonable good health.
- At least one parent must be a U.S. citizen and that parent must be the petitioner on the I-600A application.
- Families with other children are welcome. Large families will be considered if financially secure.
- Undertake a home study by an agency licensed in your state of residence. ATWA is not able to accept home studies by independent social workers, even if permitted in your state. ATWA collaborates with other agencies for home studies as exempt providers. There will be no U.S. supervised providers since adoptions are finalized in Kyrgyzstan.
- Complete Hague adoption education during the home study process.
- Apply for I-600A approval from CIS.
- Prepare a dossier of documents required by Kyrgyzstan under ATWA’s guidance.
- After a completed dossier is received, the current wait for a referral is expected to be 6-12 months.
- Review child proposal and accept referral.
- Both parents must travel for the first trip which will be about two weeks. During this time, you will visit the orphanage for a bonding period with the child.
- Return to the U.S. for about one month.
- One parent (or both) may travel for the court hearing which is a trip of about 5 business days.
- Return to the U.S. for about five weeks while the court decision becomes final in 30 days and about seven more days are needed for preparation of the child’s documents and passport.
- One or both parents may travel for a third time for U.S. embassy visa processing and to bring your child home. It may be possible to combine trips as we learn the new procedures but parents should be prepared for three trips at this time.
- Parents will then travel to Almaty Kazakhstan for a medical exam and visa issuance at the U.S. embassy. Parents may depart from Almaty or return to Bishkek if preferred.
- Home with your forever family! The child is an automatic U.S. citizen upon entry.
- Complete four post adoption visits and reports with your agency social worker at 6, 12, 24 and 36 months following court.
- Re-adoption in the U.S. is strongly recommended.
Fees and Expenses
ATWA’s program fees encompass all professional services for the adoption. Additional expenses paid to third parties may include the home study, CIS fees, document preparation, travel, child care, U.S. visa fees and post adoption. Fees and expenses are paid in increments. A federal tax credit up to $13,190 for 2014 is available to offset adoption fees and expenses after finalization.
- One of the first agencies awarded accreditation from Kyrgyzstan on May 2, 2014.
- Experience with Kyrgyzstan adoptions since 2006.
- Excellent in country support for all adoption related appointments including experienced interpreters and drivers. Cell phones are provided to promote communication.
- Trained and experienced support in Kazakhstan for the U.S. embassy procedure as well.
- Assistance with making arrangements for accommodations in both Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan.
- You don’t carry large amounts of cash.