Yesterday was a very important day for our dossier (and consequently for us!) - our paperwork came out of translation and went to the Consulate of the Republic of Kazakhstan in New York! This is a big step because from now on our dossier is in the hands of the Kazakhstani government. Our translated paperwork will be reviewed in New York for a couple of weeks and then, as long as everything is in order, it will be forwarded from the Consulate to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kazakhstan.
If you've been paying attention to discussions in the Kazakhstan adoption community lately, you'll know that there are two different embassies that US dossiers going to Kazakhstan can go to - the DC Embassy or the NY Consulate. There is a new Kazakhstan Ambassador to the US and he's doing a review of dossier acceptance procedures, so dossiers have been moving more slowly through the system than usual. Right now, the major slow downs have been in DC and World Partners (our agency) is assigned to the NY Consulate, so we're hopeful that our paperwork will be sent along to Kazakhstan quickly. But we also respect the Ambassador's responsibility to make sure that all adoptions are in the best interest of the children of Kazakhstan, and if our dossier has to take a little while longer to be processed during this due diligence time, we're sure that we'll survive the wait.
Hooray for moving on to the next step in our adoption adventure!