Kyrgyzstan was part of the former Soviet Union. It is located south of Kazakhstan and is now an independent republic. The capital city is Bishkek. Kyrgyzstan is party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). Therefore, all intercountry adoptions between Kyrgyzstan and the United States must meet the requirements of the Convention and U.S. law implementing the Convention. Kyrgyzstan adoptions are conducted through a collaborative effort of a Hague accredited adoption agency in the US and by the Kyrgyzstan Central Adoption Authority (The Ministry of Labor and Social Development).

CHILDREN AVAILABLE

  • Both boys and girls are available for adoption.
  • Children as young as 2 years and as old as fifteen are available for adoption. (wait time for a referral of a child under 4 years old can be up to 3 years.)
  • Sibling groups are available.
  • Children with Special Needs are available for adoption.

ELIGIBILITY TO ADOPT

Applicants must be at least 18 years older than the child they are adopting. Both married couples and single women may adopt from Kyrgyzstan. Kyrgyzstan will not accept applicants with a criminal history, history of drug/alcohol abuse, or a history of pornography. Both parents must be under 60 years of age at the time of referral and married for at least 2 years.

PROCESS

  1. Make application to Nightlight Christian Adoptions.
  2. Begin your adoption Home Study and submit form I-800A to CIS.
  3. Begin to assemble your dossier. We will give you detailed instructions.
  4. Once USCIS has approved your I800A petition, you will receive your I-797C pre-approval notice.
  5. Once your USCIS approval has been received – your dossier is complete and you will be registered to adopt in Kyrgyzstan.
  6. The Kyrgyzstan Central Authority will add you to a list of waiting families and it can take 18 to 36 months to receive a referral.
  7. Upon referral acceptance, Nightlight will begin processing the family’s I-800.
  8. You will then travel to Kyrgyzstan for your first trip to meet and bond with your child (a minimum of 10 days for bonding).
  9.  6-8 weeks later you will travel to Kyrgyzstan for your court hearing.
  10. Approximately 35 days after your court hearing, you will travel back to Kyrgyzstan for the final step of the process to obtain the US visa for your child and returning home.
  11. The children reside in orphanages while awaiting adoption.
  12. Kyrgyzstan adoptions can take on average from 24 to 48 months to complete.

TRAVEL

You receive a referral of a child from Kyrgyzstan Central Authority through Nightlight Christian Adoptions. The referral will include a brief social and medical information of the child as well as some pictures. We highly recommend that you have this information reviewed by a doctor who specializes in international adoption before you make a decision. Once you decide to accept a referral, you will be considered “matched” with the child. You will then wait for an invitation to travel to Kyrgyzstan for your bonding trip. Most families invited to travel receive very short notice, at times only a couple of weeks notice is given. The bonding trip has to be a minimum of 10 days in country. During these 10 days you will visit the orphanage daily. After 10 days, you will return home and our in-country coordinator will start gathering needed documentation for court. Your court hearing will be schedule 6-8 weeks after your bonding trip. Your court trip will be 3-5 days in country. 30 days after the court hearing, your adoption decree will become final and you can come back to Kyrgyzstan for your third and final trip. This trip will also be 3-5 days and you will complete the Immigrant Visa process for your child and return home. Both parents have to travel for bonding and court trips, but it is allowed for one parent to travel on trip 3.

NIGHTLIGHT’S COMMITMENT

Nightlight Christian Adoptions is committed to preparing families for the adoption of a child with special needs. We provide pre- and post-adoption education and information regarding medical resources.

POST ADOPTION

You are required to register your child with the Embassy of Kyrgyzstan in Washington DC within 3 days of your arrival home. Nightlight will provide detailed instructions on how to complete this process.
Within 30 days of your arrival home, you must have a home visit by your Home Study provider. Your Home Study provider will prepare post-adoption reports and submit them to Nightlight at 1 month, 6 months, 12 months, 24 months, and 36 months after the adoption is finalized. These reports include your child’s developmental progress and pictures. This is a very serious commitment; Nightlight is committed to showing the Kyrgyzstan Adoption authorities that children adopted by US citizens are healthy and well cared for. Compliance with post adoption reports is also required by the Hague Convention. Therefore, Nightlight charges a fee to monitor and process these post adoption reports and also requires families to pay for the cost of the post adoption reports in advance.

COSTS

The program fee for a Kyrgyzstan adoption is $25,000. Additional estimated expenses of $18,400 to $23,400 will bring the total cost to approximately $43,400-$48,400. Your out-of-pocket expenses may be reduced if you receive scholarships or other employer-provided adoption benefits. For additional fee information, please see Exhibit A.
Please contact Kate Feeback, at kate@nightlight.org or 970-663-6799 with any questions.

Visit our Waiting Children Page

There are children around the world waiting for a family like yours. Tell us a little about yourself and receive periodic e-mails featuring waiting children.
Visit Now

Start Your Adoption Inquiry Today

Do you have questions about which adoption program is right for you? We have answers. Complete this brief inquiry form. It’s the first step in getting started with your adoption today!
Get Started

To learn more about our Kyrgyzstan Adoption Program, you may contact us, call our office at(970)663-5501, or directly email our Kyrgyzstan coordinator, Kate Feeback, at kate@nightlight.org.

Kyrgyzstan Adoption Details

  • Program cost is $25,000
  • Children will be 12 months of age or older
  • Adoptive parents age requirements to be no more than 45 years older than the adopted child
  • Married couples and single women may apply
  • It will take between 9-12 months to complete the adoption process
  • Three trips to Kyrgyzstan are required

More information on Kyrgyzstan Adoptions

Kyrgyzstan Program Overview
Inter-country Adoption with Kyrgyzstan
US Relations with Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan Hosting Program