I received an email from Joe this morning stating that our I-800 application to the USCIS is right now on its way to the lockbox in Texas.
We have done all we know to do to expedite it, with the help of our adoption attorney, the pediatrician she has on her team, Dr. Strauss at the Clinic for Special Children, our social worker at the Lifeline adoption agency, and M—— D—–. YES! Our USCIS officer is taking steps to help!
We were told that expediting the adoption the fastest possible way would be just as fast as trying to get her home on a medical/humanitarian visa.
The biggest barriers we face are the seemingly-immovable Bulgarian and Hague processes. Our attorney has never heard of the time between the two trips of an adoption from Bulgaria taking less than FOUR MONTHS, not the three months we were told. FOUR MONTHS.
Both Hague rules and the adoption rules from Bulgaria were established to protect children from being trafficked.
But there are times when they end up harming children rather than helping them.
Now is also the time to tell you something else.
There are six judges in Bulgaria who handle all the adoptions.
Three of them are good judges.
Three are not.
“Good” means that our attorney stands before them for five minutes and they say we are good to go.
“Not good” means that we are all sent capriciously after this and that paperwork for what can be months of delay.
Our attorney has no control over which judge is assigned to which case.
PLEASE PRAY that God would speed Katie’s adoption at every turn, both in US Immigrations and the adoption process in Bulgaria.
PLEASE PRAY that in the long term, God would make a way for there to be a common-sense and expedited process for the children with special needs who are at very little risk of being trafficked like the “perfect” children are.
Our next step is to wait and pray and trust.