Archive for February, 2008


We just received updated photos!


^Just click to make bigger.


My brother’s girlfriend fondly (we think) refers to our dog as “the dog who thinks he’s a human.”  I can’t disagree – he runs up to everyone to say “hello” and well, we do treat him this way.  Just one way our doggie is human-like.


6 Months

Today Little E is 6 months.  Happy Birthday E!


Visit Trip

We have planned a visit trip over Easter.  So excited!

Joint Council Update

The Guatemala National Council for Adoptions ended the registration period for transition adoption cases on February 12, 2008.  We are very pleased to report, that close to 3,000 cases were registered under the ‘new’ system.  It is also our understanding that the 3,000 registrations include virtually all of the adoptions initiated under the Notarial system.

Joint Council has been informed that an individual adoption case is considered registered provided the aviso filed with the National Council for Adoptions (CNA), has been stamped (with a number) and signed.  The CNA is currently developing a database of all registered cases.  Once completed, the CNA will provide the database to PGN.  It is our understanding that PGN will begin processing cases upon their receipt of the CNA database.

We also have information that approximately 100 cases were not registered with the CNA, according to the revised registration process.  The lack of registration for these cases may preclude the completion of these specific adoptions.  Any adoption service provider or adoptive parent who did not register their case(s) with the new CNA should contact their Guatemalan attorney immediately.

^Still waiting for confirmation that we aren’t part of the 100 not registered (I really don’t think we are).  My heart goes out to the 100 families who aren’t registered.

Little E

This is an outfit we sent him!


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: