Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Good news, bad news

Dear Sam,

How about the good news first? Well, sadly, the father of official in Vietnam has died, which means he returned to work and signed the paper that moves our agency one step closer to official licensure. We're sorry for his loos, but happy that this process is moving forward.

Now the not-so-good-news: the timeline for bringing you home is looking to be longer than we had hoped. It seems the paperchase is more involved than for China and may take quite a bit of time. And we haven't even started yet! For example, in addition to having our paperwork notarized and then authenticated by the Illinois Secretary of State to prove that the notary is real, it also has to be sent to the U.S. Department of State to prove that the Illinois Secretary of State is real! And that DOS step can take weeks. :-(

But our agency is working with us to make it go as quickly as possible. In fact, I'm going to order copies of our birth certificates today, as I'm pretty sure that's one piece of documentation they're going to need. I remember that Pennsylvania is really slow on the authentication process, too.

The gist is that we now have to accept that we will not meet you in 2006. In fact, now I'm praying that we can even have a referral by Christmas. Lowered expectations. That's what adoption is all about.

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