Azerbaijan


Note: None of the children seen on this page are available for adoption.

Children’s House International is currently not accepting new families for our Azerbaijan Adoption Program. Please call the main office in Washington with any questions.


Our Azerbaijan Adoption Program

Children’s House International is happy to announce the opening of our program in Azerbaijan! Azerbaijan is the largest and most populous country in the South Caucasus region of Eurasia. Azerbaijan is a largely Muslim country with a strong Turkish influence. The country lies between Russia to the North, Turkey to the west and Iran to the south. We have a wonderful facilitator and team of attorneys in Azerbaijan who will coordinate the adoption process in country. We are anxious to help answer any questions you may have about this program.

Why Children’s House International?

CHI has been working with international adoptions since 1975. We have over 100 years combined experience with our staff in the international child placement field. Many of our staff has adopted children internationally. We have a passion for helping children find homes. There are a lot of good people working in adoption. What makes CHI different? We promise attention to detail – we’ll be spending the hours and hours on the telephone and computer with Azerbaijan while you prepare your new child’s room. We’ll make sure your paperwork is in order so your approvals happen as smoothly as possible. We will be there to answer your questions and we will always try to get right back with you quickly. We will point you in the direction of useful resources to help in your planning – things like books and language resources, qualified specialists in International adoption to answer your medical and developmental questions, and more. And when it comes time to travel, we’ll arm you with all the information you need to make your trip both successful and pleasurable. Lastly, we won’t make you bring large sums of cash with you when you travel. All money for the adoption can be handled through CHI here in the US. Our goal is to make your adoption experience as smooth and enjoyable as possible. Children’s House International is proud of its reputation. We would be happy to answer all your questions.

Adoption Forms and Fees

For more information including our application, agency retainer agreement and financial agreements and statistical information on: the number of adoption placements per year for the prior 3 calendar years, the number of placements that remain intact, the number of families who apply to adopt each year, and the number of waiting children eligible for adoption, click here.

For more information email: inquiry@chiadopt.com

Adoption Process – Azerbaijan

As with any program, you must complete a home study process, be approved by CIS and complete your dossier for the country of Azerbaijan. We are happy to help you through each step of the process and provide check lists and examples for your documentation. Since Azerbaijan is considered a Hague country, your home study must be prepared by a Hague accredited adoption agency, which we will partner with. Please visit with us concerning which agency would be best suited to write your home study for an I800A/Hague process.

The Azerbaijan program is a pilot program and the details, requirements, and program description are subject to change.
Once your paperwork is completed, your dossier will be submitted for review and approval by the Azerbaijani Central Authority. Depending on the age, gender and health status of the child you have requested referral times will vary. Once the Central Authority issues your referral families generally have the information reviewed by an international adoption doctor and have about two weeks to make a decision whether to accept the referral. You then will be required to take a visit trip to meet the child. You will stay approximately 5 business days in Azerbaijan for this process. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet and spend time with the child referred before you make your final decision. This will help you better prepare for your child’s arrival when the process is completed. Both parents’ are required to take the “visit” trip. After the trip, your dossier will be submitted to the District Judge for review and a court hearing will be scheduled to initiate the adoption proceedings.

A second trip by both parents must be made for the court hearing. After court, parents may choose to stay in Azerbaijan for the required 30 day waiting period or return home to the US. Following the 30 day waiting period you will take custody of the child, obtain a new birth certificate and passport and travel to Tbilisi, Georgia to apply for your child’s visa. This process will take about seven days.

For more information email: inquiry@chiadopt.com

Children in Azerbaijan

Families may apply to adopt a child that is considered as healthy as possible. Wait times for children under 3 years old will be longer than for older children, children with identified special needs or health issues and siblings.

Children will generally be available for international placement after they have been available in Azerbaijan for domestic placement for approximately 6 months. Poverty and unemployment are two major causes that the estimated 17,000 Azerbaijani children are living in institutional care. Unwed mothers face insurmountable stigma and often choose to abandon their newborn children to avoid family shame. The huge number of displaced persons and refugees in Azerbaijan also contributes to the number of abandoned children. Children with even minor health issues at birth are most commonly placed in orphanages.

For more information email: inquiry@chiadopt.com

Adoptive Parent Requirements

While your adoption journey may begin today, adoptive parents should understand that adoption is a lifelong commitment. A successful home study plays a vital role in helping on your preparation to become adoptive parents. Our trained and caring professionals’ respect your confidentiality was we work together to educate and create an accurate portrait of you as future adoptive parents. The home study is an invaluable first step toward parenthood.

Approved Home Study

An approved home study preferably completed by a COA Hague accredited social worker who will ensure that all of the Azerbaijani requirements for families are met in the home study process. The home study begins with adoptive parent education and a thorough evaluation of your family that will include several background clearances, medical evaluations and financial stability. Your home study is foundation on which USCIS and in country approvals for international adoption are based. They enable adoptive parents to learn, reflect, and prepare for parenting. It involves opening your hearts, minds, and home to a social worker through a series of meetings and gives you the opportunity to ask all the questions you may have as well.

USCIS Immigration Approval

USCIS immigration approval is required for all international adoptions (this includes an FBI fingerprint results). This approval allows your newly adopted child to receive a VISA from the US Embassy and enter the US and become a citizen. You will use the I800A application for your CIS adoption process.

Azerbaijan Adoptive Parent Requirements

Requirements for adopting from Azerbaijan are fairly straightforward. Parents should be 25 years of age or older. Parents over 45 normally do not have any issues adopting from Azerbaijan. However, we accept families over 50 case, by case. Single women are allowed. A completed home study, I800a, CIS approval, and proof that you can support the child are necessary. CHI will guide you through the process, answering all your questions along the way.

For more information email: inquiry@chiadopt.com

Travel Process

Your first trip to Azerbaijan will include a stay of 5 business days in Azerbaijan for the adoption process. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet and spend time with the child referred to you before you make your final decision. This will help you better prepare for your child’s arrival when the process is completed roughly two months after your first trip. Both parent’s are required to take the “visit” first trip. After the trip, the court date will be set and families will return for court approximately 1 month after the visit trip. There is a mandatory 30 day waiting period after court. Parents may choose to remain in Azerbaijan during this time or they can return to the US and their child can be escorted to Tbilisi, Georgia by agency personnel. Parents may then meet their child in Georgia to complete the US Embassy requirements.

For more information email: inquiry@chiadopt.com

Waiting Children in Azerbaijan

We are happy to discuss the conditions of children available currently for adoption. We cannot show pictures or specific information about children as the available children change all the time. Your home study should be approved and your dossier should be almost ready to send to Azerbaijan in order to discuss specific children. Please contact our office for more specifics about children currently on the database and how you can apply to begin your adoption journey to Azerbaijan.

For more information email: inquiry@chiadopt.com

Country Facts

(From CIA Fact book updated 2012)

Background:

Azerbaijan – a nation with a majority-Turkic and majority-shia Muslim population – was briefly independent (from 1918 to 1920) following the collapse of the Russian Empire; it was subsequently incorporated into the Soviet Union for seven decades. Azerbaijan has yet to resolve its conflict with Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh, a primarily Armenian-populated region that Moscow recognized as part of Soviet Azerbaijan in the 1920s after Armenia and Azerbaijan disputed the status of the territory. Armenia and Azerbaijan began fighting over the area in 1988; the struggle escalated after both countries attained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. By May 1994, when a cease-fire took hold, ethnic Armenian forces held not only Nagorno-Karabakh but also seven surrounding provinces in the territory of Azerbaijan. Corruption in the country is ubiquitous, and the government, which eliminated presidential term limits in a 2009 referendum, has been accused of authoritarianism. Although the poverty rate has been reduced in recent years due to revenue from oil production, the promise of widespread wealth resulting from the continued development of Azerbaijan’s energy sector remains largely unfulfilled. In January 2011, Azerbaijan assumed a nonpermanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2012-13 term.

Population:

9,493,600 (July 2012 est.)

Economy – Overview:

Azerbaijan’s high economic growth during 2006-08 was attributable to large and growing oil exports, but some non-export sectors also featured double-digit growth, including construction, banking, and real estate, although most of this increase was tied to growth in the hydrocarbon sector. In 2011, economic growth slowed to 0.2%, largely because oil production reached a plateau. The current global economic slowdown presents some challenges for the Azerbaijani economy as oil prices remain volatile, highlighting Azerbaijan’s reliance on energy exports and lackluster attempts to diversify its economy. Oil exports through the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline remain the main economic driver while efforts to boost Azerbaijan’s gas production are underway. However, Azerbaijan has made only limited progress on instituting market-based economic reforms. Pervasive public and private sector corruption and structural economic inefficiencies remain a drag on long-term growth, particularly in non-energy sectors. Several other obstacles impede Azerbaijan’s economic progress, including the need for stepped up foreign investment in the non-energy sector and the continuing conflict with Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Trade with Russia and the other former Soviet republics is declining in importance, while trade is building with Turkey and the nations of Europe. Long-term prospects depend on world oil prices, the location of new oil and gas pipelines in the region, Azerbaijan’s ability to negotiate export routes for its growing gas production, and its ability to manage its energy wealth to promote growth and spur employment in non-energy sectors of the economy.

Natural hazards:

Droughts

Environment – current issues:

Local scientists consider the Abseron Yasaqligi (Apsheron Peninsula) (including Baku and Sumqayit) and the Caspian Sea to be the ecologically most devastated area in the world because of severe air, soil, and water pollution; soil pollution results from oil spills, from the use of DDT pesticide, and from toxic defoliants used in the production of cotton.

Geography – note:

Both the main area of the country and the Naxcivan exclave are landlocked.

Executive branch:

Chief of State: President Ilham ALIYEV (since 31 October 2003)

Head of Government: Prime Minister Artur RASIZADE (since 4 November 2003); First Deputy Prime Minister Yaqub EYYUBOV (since June 2006)

Cabinet: Council of Ministers appointed by the president and confirmed by the National Assembly

Elections: President elected by popular vote for a five-year term (eligible for unlimited terms); election last held on 15 October 2008 (next to be held in October 2013); prime minister and first deputy prime minister appointed by the president and confirmed by the National Assembly

Election Results: Ilham ALIYEV reelected president; percent of vote – Ilham ALIYEV 89%, Igbal AGHAZADE 2.9%, five other candidates with smaller percentages

Natural resources:

Petroleum, natural gas, iron ore, nonferrous metals, bauxite

Agriculture Products:

cotton, grain, rice, grapes, fruit, vegetables, tea, tobacco; cattle, pigs, sheep, goats

Agriculture Industries:

Petroleum and natural gas, petroleum products, oilfield equipment; steel, iron ore; cement; chemicals and petrochemicals; textiles

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