Well, Carrie guessed right with door number three. We will be submitting our paperwork to Ukraine when the start accepting dossiers again. Hopefully that will be in January.
Ukraine was one of the countries we looked at when we initially broached the idea of adoption. However, at that time the country was closed to international adoption for restructuring of the system et al. We didn’t really consider them an option — back in August when we were preparing out home study ppwk, January seemed so very far away. We were so naive about the timeline international adoption REALLY involves! Now, however, the system in Ukraine seems to be working through its kinks, we’re pretty much through our paper chase, and the timing is coinciding nicely.
We’ve found a team in Ukraine to work with that seem honest, experienced, and knowledgeable about our particular situation — Americans adopting internationally while living overseas. You think your paperwork is difficult? Hah! Well, actually our ppwk isn’t any different, but we have some extra steps when it comes to the notarizing/apostilling process. Also additional background checks — we have to provide one from our last state of residence, and also one from the Belgian authorities. Hopefully we can arrange for everything to be notarized by one person. If we get the local pd check notarized by a Belgian notary, for example, we’ll have to figure out who does their apostilling, have that paperwork translated, probably get that notarized and apostilled, etc. I don’t know. Much easier to use one of the (free) notaries at the law center on base, then send all the ppwk to the DoS in D.C. for apostilling.
My mother-in-law is still here visiting, so the adoption frenzy has slowed a little. Next week I do hope to get our local pd clearances done and at least get our doctor’s visits scheduled — thought I could do the dr. stuff this week, completely forgetting about the holiday.
Happy Thanksgiving, by the way! Will write more when I can think and write with some kind of coherence…