Thursday, October 19, 2006

The Facts, Just the Facts

I have been asked several questions by many people about the process of adopting from Kyrgyzstan, so here are the facts for us as it stands today. From what I have learned thus far, some steps are different depending upon the agency you use. We will prepare a dossier and get INS (or whatever they choose to call themselves this week!) approval. It will take approximately 2 months after we submit the dossier for everything to be completed in Kyrgyzstan. We will not have to go to court, as we did in Kazakhstan but instead the adoption will be finalized prior to our arrival in the country. Our adoption travel will consist of one trip of about 2 1/2 weeks in length. We will still travel through Almaty to complete the process, but at this stage we don't know if we will fly into Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan or Almaty, Kazakhstan. We'd be happy with either one...or actually whichever is the least expensive! As with any international adoption, the only guarantee you have is that there are no guarantees! All of this could change prior to us traveling. Our child will have dual citizenship.

And that's the facts!

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