October 24, 2016

Kyrgyz Republic Delegation Visits Austin


A delegation from the Kyrgyz Republic in Central Asia traveled to Austin in September.  The visitors were invited to the United States under the auspices of the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program to study judicial practices and procedures for international adoptions.


Judge Andy Hathcock and members of the Kyrgyz delegation.

While in Austin, they spent time at the HMS Courthouse observing the adoption docket and discussing issues relating to international adoptions.   This enabled the delegation to meet the following objectives:

  • Review U.S. immigration law and judicial procedures;
  • Gain an understanding of the various stakeholders in international adoptions including the key parties in U.S. Hague Convention adoptions;
  • Explore best practices in international adoptions, special needs adoptions, and foster care, including the range of support services available to adoptees and their families;
  • Examine the role and work of social service agencies as part of the child welfare system; and
  • Learn about post-adoption issues and good practices in post-adoption follow-up services and support.

Their visit to Austin was coordinated through GlobalAustin, a local non-profit serving as the international exchange community for Austin.  The organization designs and implements professional programs, cultural activities, and home hospitality for foreign leaders, specialists, and scholars participating in the International Visitor Leadership Program as well as other exchanges.