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So, we got back late last night from our visit trip.  It was very, very, very hard to leave.  But, we absolutely love and adore our foster family and feel very grateful that they were able to have brunch with us.  The peace of mind they provided to us was amazing.  The brunch was truly a magical experience.  I’ll post photos later.

For now, here it my favorite photo of Little E and Joe.

Visit Trip

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So, we are on the last night of our visit trip and it has been truly wonderful.  Joe is down getting a massage which he well deserves – he’s been changing some ugly diapers and just been the baby whisperer.  I’m laying next to a sleeping baby who is about 14 lbs but can snore pretty darn good.  Little E has the sweetest personality and is very kind hearted.  He is no trouble what so ever.  We both feel so fortunate to have taken this trip.

I think there are only two downsides to the visit trip:

  1. Saying goodbye.  Tomorrow we plan to have brunch with the foster family and saying good by to Little E is going to be very, very hard.
  2. The process.  Before we knew him and “got” him, it was less real.  Now that we know him and he’s put a spell on us – the rest of the process is going to feel long, I fear. 

 None the less, it is well worth the pain since the last few days we have spent have been truly wonderful.

cuddle boy

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Cuddle boy.

Where we are at

The “normal” process for Guat adoptions is as follows:

DNA Autherization – the US embassy in Guatemala receives your file and gives permission to get a DNA test taken.  I’m not sure what criteria they use for permission, I am assuming it’s about making sure our paperwork is ok.   We received DNA auth at the end of November.  Normally, families get this sooner (like 4 – 6 weeks sooner) but because of all the uncertainty, things have just been very slow.  Our lawyer usually schedules DNA auth on the same day as the birth mother interview.  This way, she only needs to make one trip. 

Family court – Our file is submitted to the Guat courts and assigned a social worker.  The social worker reviews our files, home study, birth mother documents etc and then interviews the birth mother.  Assuming it’s all fine, the social worker makes a recommendation in favor of the adoption. 

PGN – This is where the Guat authorities go through our files with a fine tooth comb.  Families almost always get kicked out once.  Depending upon who is reviewing the case, it can get picky.  With our lawyer, most cases get out in less then 3 months (he has a very good track record) but some families get stuck in PGN for up to a year with kick out after kick out.

Once we get PGN approval, then there is a series of additional paperwork – another DNA test, birth certificate, passport etc.  It’s usally 4 – 6 weeks from PGN approval until families get to bring babies home.

Our lawyer has a good reputation and seems to get adoptions completed in a year or less.  With all the uncertainty, it’s hard to say – new steps may be incorporated at any time.  We imagine that best case for us is May/June but it could easily stretch in to late summer or early fall.  We have DNA auth and have recently been submitted to family court. 

November Photo – Little Boy!

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October Photo – Cuddle Me

October 07

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September Photo – Sweet

This is a photo from September –

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Little E



This is an outfit we sent him!

Process

Application to agency: 2/7/07 Dossier to agency: 7/30/07
i171h: 9/6/07
Referral: 9/13/07
POA to Guatemala: 9/28/07
DNA auth: 11/29/07
Enter family court: 12/18/07
DNA test: 1/16/08
Birth mother interview: 1/16/08
DNA test results to embassy: 1/23/08
Registered with the CNA: 2/11 (grandfathered in)
Exit family court: 2/11/08
Pre-approval: 3/6/08
Enter PGN: 3/12/08
Exit PGN: 4/16/08
Adoption decree signed: 4/17/08
New birth certificate: 4/22/08
New passport: 4/25/08
Orange: 5/5/08
2nd DNA Test: 5/8/08
Pink: TBD
Embassy appt: