My dream is to TRY and visit the judge who hears adoption cases. She has been very difficult to families lately and I wonder if she is moving towards allowing no American families in her court, or if she just wants to cover herself in light of the tragedies that she has heard of.
The same feeling. Different region, different daughter. My time in Novosibirsk was so short and chaotic. I had this ONE day to be with AugustRose in her city. I picked her from the orphanage on Thanksgiving Day. The ZAGS office that would provide her birth certificate couldn't fit her long name on her documents and asked me if I could change her name just enough for it to fit. I agreed to remove 1 letter but that wouldn't work. The judge had agreed to the original spelling and there would need to be a hearing for a change. So Moscow was contacted. Within one day, they agreed to allow the ZAGS office to issue me a new HANDWRITTEN birth certificate. That same day, we took that to the office that provided her adoption decree. That office was closed for the day. My coordinator called the woman at her home, and magically the decree was issued from a closed office. (I could have this story flip flopped/It could have been the adoption decree and not the birth certificate that were the problem) ANYWAY, all of this was done the afternoon after my court hearing. Yes, you read that right. I had sprung AugustRose taken her to meet my mom and Anna, left for the marathon paperwork chase, and came back to the hotel to see my mom strung out from the day... All of those documents had been delivered to the passport office and we waited 1 day to get it...There was a super blizzard happening, and I took the girls on a walk to play in the snow and see the town. In the photo above, you can see that AugustRose was holding on to my diet coke and water bottles for dear life. The next afternoon we picked up the passport and the next morning we were on a plane to Moscow. You can see that I am worn out in the photo. But oddly, I wanted more time to see the city with my new little family. Once again, I was thinking, "Will I ever get back to Russia?" I was never thinking, I gotta get back to America, I was always thinking, "How can I get back?"