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Monday, June 05, 2006
Naturally every wannabe adoptive parent would like the process to happen overnight. But that ain't gonna happen. I've described the whole thing to many of our friends as a "hurry up and wait". Of course knowing it takes a while and dealing with the fact that it takes a while are two different things. To keep my spirits up, I think of a lyric from one of my favorite Sheryl Crow songs...

Everyday is a winding road,
I get a little bit closer.
Everyday is a faded sign,
I get a little bit closer to feeling fine.

We're running at top speed right now going through the home-study, and I believe it will be completed this month. After that, it's going to be a several month wait for some key paperwork to be accepted by the US government (basically it's approval to find an orphan to bring into the US). But hopefully this will happen in the July/August timeframe rather than September/October.

Regardless, the bigger wait is going to be what is known as the reaccreditation process for the agencies. Adoption agencies that work in Russia must be accredited by the Russian government. These are only valid for 1 year, so each agency must get reaccredited every year. And often the government (just like ours) changes the rules. Politicians like to keep busy.

This year Russia is requiring agencies to be registered as non profit organizations (which they all are anyway) with the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). They normally deal with the Ministry of Education for all their other requirements so this is a bit of an issue since they won't be working with the same officials they do on a day to day basis. An additional problem is that the MOJ did not quite have the process nailed down when they came out with the requirement. So basically everyone is scrambling around figuring out how it's going to be done.

As a result, our agency which was one of the first ones to be accredited last year (May, 2005) will have to slog thru these new requirements before they can be re accredited for this year. Of course all the agencies are in the same boat as their accreditations come up for renewal. And since our agency is pretty on the ball, we're hopeful they will again be one of the first to get it done. But that may not be until the fall of this year (my hope is August/September, but it could be as late as December).

So during this whole time (from now till whenever our agency gets reaccreditation) we will be working on a bunch of paperwork which is referred to as our dossier. The official timeline is that once all this is completed, our agency will then start working on matching the right child with us and us with the right child. And this too will take months. But as it's commonly said, it's not child shopping. We're in the process of matching up three human beings who are going to become a family. So if it takes a while it may be a bummer but it's a bummer we can live with.
posted by Steveg @ 1:40 PM  
  • At 8:49 AM, Blogger Elle said…

    Optimism and knowing what you are getting into are the keys of the reaccreditation wait. The friends you make through your blog and in other groups will also make a tremendous difference. The friends I have met through my blog have pulled me back from the edge so many times I have lost count.

  • At 10:11 PM, Blogger Lauren&Marco said…


    Your blog is coming along beautifully. I was just reading your post about blogs on FRUA. I just switched my blog over to blogspot today. Wondering if you know how to put on a tracker so you can see who is viewing your blog.


  • At 11:18 PM, Blogger Tricia said…

    I'm wondering which agency you are working with since you are in CA and we are in CA. We are planning to use Adoption Options in San Diego which is partnered with Frank. We aren't planning to start until Aug, so we are 3 months behind you on the homestudy and I'm hoping that the crazy reaccrediation thing happens later this summer or early Fall so we have one year to complete things. Figures crossed! Nice to have you as part of the group!

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