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From last week: Nothing new on the hotline
Monday, October 09, 2006
I forgot to answer the comment about what was new on our agency's hotline last week. Just to reiterate our agency has a great 1-800 number hotline that they update each week. They had done this in the past (so I'm told) the last time the agencies had to jump through hoops to get reaccredited in Russia (in other words last year).

Anyway, nothing new on the call last week, but they were again pretty upbeat about the prospects for Decree #268 getting updated quickly and reaccreditation to resume. The head of the agency was in Moscow last week (along with representatives of other adoption agencies) so this week's hotline may have some more info.

Regardless, I think (much like the NGO) our agency will get their reaccreditation sooner rather than later. And of course the timing is based on "Russia time", and that's okay. It's their country, their culture, their laws and we're totally fine with that.

It's kind of like vacationing in Mexico, you should allow your host (or host country if you will) to do it their way. Stef and I always get a chuckle when we see Americans who get all upset because the waiter hasn't brought them the check the minute they've finished eating (or during the meal). But in Mexico it is considered extremely rude to give the check until you ask for it. They (the waiters) are trying to allow you to relax and enjoy your meal. But of course as with most American thinking, if it's not done our way then it must be wrong.

A good deal of the posts on the adoption forums are people who are all up in arms about how long it's taking the MOE to fix Government Decision No. 268. I too would like it to happen tomorrow, but I know that isn't going to happen. Not to mention that the Russian government doesn't seem to be any slower in processing stuff than our own.
posted by Steveg @ 8:10 PM  
  • At 4:43 AM, Blogger Debbie said…

    Thanks for the update. You seem like a very patient man. Very good quality in this process.

  • At 10:25 AM, Blogger Irshlas said…

    Well said! I'm currently in the process of a Guatemalan adoption. I'm always surprised when folks are going crazy about how "slow" things are going on the Guatemala side. Funny, considering every hold up we've had thus far has been on the U.S. side! Bureaucracy is bureaucracy, no matter how you slice it. Good luck on your agency's reaccreditation.

  • At 10:58 AM, Blogger Jim said…

    Steve- thanks for posting what your agency is telling you. I am interested in hearing any feedback you might receive from their meeting in Moscow last week.

    And you are very wise to maintain your patience. Many people in the process get very frustrated trying to push for information when none is available. Best just to wait it out and monitor the situation.

  • At 1:05 PM, Blogger Jenni said…

    Having patience and an understanding of how things work in Russia will definitly get through the process while maintaining your sanity. I liked your examples about travelers in other countries. It is so true that whether you are traveling to another country on vacation or working with them to process an adoption, you have to understand their culture and the way thier government works. It just makes everyone happier in the long run.

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