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Home: introduction, weather, time.

About me and this website.

Awards: see the awards that the web site has won.



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  • Pre-adoption process and paperwork: agency selection, immigration forms and information, US State Department fact sheets and Embassy contact information, dossier.
  • Adoption Trip: before you go hints, general schedule
  • Post-adoption: social security number, readoption, citizenship, Embassy registration, health insurance, other post adoption items.
  • Transitioning is an article with hints on easing your child's transition out of the orphanage to a familiy, covers things to do during your trip and at home.
  • Initial Adjustment of adopted children; excellent article on easing the adjustment once home.
  • Medical Issues: help in evaluating a referral, links to international adoption medical specialists, developmental evaluation, post-adoption medical tests.
  • FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions on the e-mail lists. 5 pages.
  • Adoption Law: links and unofficial translations of some of the Kazakhstan laws affecting adoption. 4 pages.
  • Connecting: ways to maintain a cultural connection. Links to reunions and regional get-togethers, online school, cultural exhibits, sewing, etc.
  • Other countries: international adoption while living in countries other than the US.
  • Adoption Resources: other international adoption sites, special needs, financial resources, list of download forms.
  • E-mail lists and online support groups.
  • Inspiration: songs and poems, most with an adoption theme. On 4 pages.

Families web pages: links to web pages written by adoptive families. Sign up for the Mailing list to be notified when this page is updated.


  • General travel information: government sites, CDC on immunizations and health issues, travelers' insurance, money, customs, metric converter, guide books, travel accessories, hints on traveling with kids, jet lag, personal safety, hotels, weather.
    • Emergency Card: with personalized information, card with "Embassy" in Cyrillic.
    • Hotel Survey [form link]: please fill this out about hotels in Kazakhstan.
  • Keeping in Touch on the Trip: cell/satellite phones, calling cards, internet cafes.
  • Travel to and within Kazakhstan: airlines that fly to Kazakhstan and their airports, flights, railways.
  • Travel agents and tourist agencies, visa services.
  • Moscow travel information, for those that need or choose to go through Moscow.
  • Packing
    • Carry-on: links to other lists and hints, carry-on items.
    • Packing - other: general items, food, for infants, for toddlers and older, toys.
    • Clothes: hints on packing, seasonal suggestions, list for adults and children.
    • Kits for first aid, toiletries and laundry.

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  • Miscellaneous Shopping contains links to Kazakhstan, Russia, multicultural and adoption shopping.
  • Affiliates: shop these online affiliates and I will donate any profits to orphanages and hospitals in Kazakhstan. Choose from
    • Airfares and travel packages.
    • Travel related products: language, luggage and phones.
    • Electronics: computers and accessories, cameras/camcorders and accessories.
    • Kid-related and gift ideas: baby stores, toys, bulk toys for orphanage kids, Russian store.
    • Books, music and videos: Barnes and Noble, Used book store search, iTunes, Discovery Store, National Geographic.
    • eBay page for you to bookmark and bid through.
    • iTunes page for you to bookmark and shop. Includes links to an iMix, pages with songs listed, and podcasts.
    • These pages do contain company logos, some of which are animated (although I have tried to reduce the number). If the animation bothers you, I do have a logo-free Affiliates page 1 and Affiliates page 2, but there are no interactive links.

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