Kazakh adoption officials are concerned with compliance in the fliing of post-adoption reports by adoptive families. They have made it clear that missing reports severely jepordize adoptions there.
The Embassy would like to point out that itis fully open to holding a face-to-face meeting with adopting parents and adoption agencies to jointly look for ways of providing maximum convenience for parents and full transparency of the adoption process.
Reports are due every 6 months for the first 3 years. Since late 2005, parents adopting from Kazakhstan must agree to prepare post-adoption reports once every year after the supervised reports are completed, and to allow visitation by Kazakh officials up to twice a year until the child is 18 years old. Previously, reports were required for only three years. These requirements are also required of parents who adopted prior to 2005.
A. Here are some links for information:
A. In accordance with Kazakhstani family law, parents who adopt Kazakhstani children must provide post-placement reports every six months for the first three years after the adoption is finalized and then once a year until the child is 18 years old. The due dates are calculated from the date that the Kazakhstani adoption decree was issued.
A. These post-placement reports address your child(ren)'s bonding with the family, physical health development, social development, educational development and plans, and extended family relationships. Your home study agency should be familiar with these requirements.
In Fall 2006, the following advice was obtained by Karen's Adopiton Links for all families who needed to file their own Post Placement Reports (to be completed by a home study provider):
Each post-placement report, prepared by a state-licensed home study agency, should include at least 4-5 photographs of your child. All original post-placement reports should be submitted to FTIA for submission to the foreign adoption officials (with photos, notarized and apostilled.)
The following should be included in the annual report:
A. Your home study agency will do the filing and should be familiar with the requirements.
The report should be translated into Russian or Kazakh. As of February 2014, reports no longer need to be sent to the specific regions in Kazakhstan where the child was adopted from. All reports should be sent to:
Visa and Consular Section
Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan
1401 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
A. We strongly urge you to comply with the wish of Kazakhstan and complete all post-adoption requirements in a timely manner. Your cooperation will contribute to Kazakhstan's history of positive experiences with American parents.
Failure to complete post-placement reports in a timely manner is a violation of the terms of the adoption agreements. When we adopted, we all signed an adoption agreement with our children's birth country that includes the provision that we will file these reports. If we do not file them on the schedule specified by our children's birth countries, we are out of compliance with our adoption agreement.
While the U.S. State Department has requested that adoptive parents comply with any agreements they made with their children's countries of origin, the State Department says on its Web-site that it is true that "The U.S. Government does not have the legal authority to compel U.S. citizens to comply with foreign laws. No U.S. official is going to come to your home and force you to send in your post-placement reports. Nor is any Ukrainian official going to take your child away if you don't."
However, it cannot be emphasized how very important it is that we all abide by the agreements we made. These post-placement reports are vital.
A. Yes, a social worker must complete your bi-annual post-placement reports for the first three years. These reports are to be completed by the home study agency that prepared the original home study. If the family has moved, they will need to find another home study agency to perform these reports.
Aside from that, many states and/or adoption agencies requrie post placement supervision. The purpose of the supervision visits is to ensure that all is going well with the child and family and to answer any questions or concerns you may have. After each visit the social worker writes a report which may be then submitted to the court, country and/or placing agency (based on your adoption specifics). Your adoption agency may be able to help you with this process and/or provide you with more specific guidelines.
Additionally, some home study agencies or states may have additional post-placement requirements. Please check with your home study agency to determine if there are any additional requirements.
A. Yes, Kazakhstan also requires annual self-report after the 36 month supervised reports are completed, to be submitted until the child is 18 years old. A social worker visitation is not required for these reports. Your agency may also require that you send a copy of these reports to them.