Q: When can you bring her home??
A: I want you all to be able to read our attorney’s emails as we received them, so you can see how your prayers were answered.
Dear Susanna and Joe,
I just returned from court! The adoption of sweet Katie was granted today! Praise the Lord. It went on very fast and easy – this judge is wonderful! When I walked in to the courtroom she said “Attorney, you seem to always have the largest families!” But she was smiling widely so I knew she didn’t mean ill. The prosecutor was a young nice lady and she completely backed me up – she even made a point (which I had made in my application to the court) that you had already arranged for Katie’s medical treatment upon arrival in the US. So the adoption is granted, you are her new parents and she has a new name :)!
The court decision would be final on the 28th but we wouldn’t be allowed to pick it up before the 31st. Then directly off to the Birth Certificates Office for new birth deed and certificate. As soon as that is ready she’ll be ready for pick up. The new Birth Certificate usually takes ten business days but I’ll see if we can do something to expedite.
I am still hesitant to give you travel dates. I just want to make sure I have the court decree in my hands – sometimes there are delays of a day or two. I’ll do some planning tonight with my mom and I hope to be able to give you dates tomorrow but even so, please do not pay the tickets before we have the decree in our hands!
I am in a big rush now as there’s a lot to be done before my next family arrives tomorrow but I am staying as always in touch!
[The attorney we will greatly miss when this is all over!]
Pick up trip
Dear Susanna and Joe,
After a lot of debating, praying and hope that we won’t jinx the things and everything would be fine, and with the faith in the LORD, I am announcing that you can arrange to arrive in [Katie’s country] on Nov.13, pick up Katie on the 14th and file the passport, my mom will pick it up on the 16th and polyclinic and the Embassy would be on the 17th. The visa should be ready on the 18th and you can fly back on the 19th. Please, let me know how that will work out for you.
[The very best attorney any adoptive family could ever hope for!]
There is so much more to tell you! SO much more! And it’s on its way…