Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Are we finished with this adoption yet?

Wow, it has been over a year since we traveled to Poland. And we are still working on paperwork-to no fault of our own. We've had countless delays, paperwork issues, various government offices refusing to process our paperwork, and other anomalies. I knew it would take some time to completely finish the adoption process once we returned home from Poland, but I never imagined it would have taken this long.

Last week I spent some time educating DCFS and vital records what the Hague adoption law means and what recognition of foreign adoption means, apparently not a lot of people in the New Orleans area have internationally adopted. Our case was "rare", which I thought that was so silly because I can name at least 20 or so people who've adopted internationally off the top of my head. If you are living in a small town where international adoption is not common, be prepared to educate those around you, including government offices. If you are adopting from a Hague country, know your adoption rights, both here and in the country your child currently lives. Know what the government offices need to process your information before you get to their office.

Ok so here is our current update:

Passport:
Our daughter's passport is in the final stages of the process and we should receive it in the next 2 weeks, according to the online tracker. Yay-what could go wrong at this point, right?

Birth Certificate:
Last week (9/15/14), we signed our names to another birth certificate application, because the one from 2 months ago had white out on it :(. Yesterday (9/22/14), we paid some MORE money (does this ever stop?) for them to process our birth cert. application and to get additional copies.

Now we wait for both. Hopefully next week, we will receive both and I can officially say that we are finished. Fingers crossed.

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