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So what are the next steps
Saturday, June 30, 2007
We're probably not going to learn anything all that interesting until the online chat a week from Monday, but let me summerize what our agency has sent out based on some questions others have sent to them as well as what Jim has provided on FRUA and in his comment on our blog yesterday.

First the official accreditation process (and believe me apart from the Russians themselves there is no one with more intimate knowledge of the Russian adoption process than Jim). Just about everyone who reads his stuff on FRUA has a deep regard and respect for him. He's both fastidious and extremely unbiased. Now he has already gone through the adoption process and because of that (and unlike me) doesn't have to deal with the emotional issues right now of all these delays. But that's why his word is so valuable.

So I'm going to just try to summarize what Jim has said in posts and comments on this blog and others I read (keep in mind this is MY summary and so it may be off a bit). So Jim correct me as needed.

The whole process of reaccreditation has many many steps (NGO, accreditation application submission, review, etc.) but I'm going to start with the step after all the ancillary ministries review and have approved an accreditation application.

1. The MOE creates a "ministerial order" that specifies an agency (or actually they'll typically list a number of agencies in the document) have been accredited with accordance to the MOE's adoption regulations (the whole Government Decision #654 that was created almost a year ago). This is the official accreditation. I had thought it was when the certificate is sent to the agency but as usual Jim is correct. It clearly states in #654 that the accreditation enters into force on the date of the signing.

Although there has not be an official announcement by the MOE, we believe this step was completed on Thursday. And that our agency was one of the accredited agencies. It's unclear how many agencies there were in this initial signing (again, assuming it really has occurred). A guess would be meaningless because it could anywhere from 5 to 50.

2. After the document is signed the MOE has 10 working days to deliver an accreditation certificate to agency's representative (our agency has their Russian head person in Moscow). Additionally the MOE sends the information out to the regional offices.

We believe this will happen on Wednesday. Or at least the certificate is going to be in our agency's Moscow HQ on Wednesday, I'm not really sure how long it will take the MOE regional offices to get the word.

3. Our agency must than apply and be registered in each region they are working in. For our agency this is started by the Moscow staff getting the certificate copies out to the staff they have in each of the different regions they work in (which is about 9). This whole step isn't expected to take too long (like a couple of weeks) but the summer is a very big vacation time in Russia and if a key official is on vacation it's a bit unclear what happens. Meaning it could take several weeks.

And based on the track record, I think this is a real possibility. And if you've followed this whole accreditation delay, I think you'll agree with me. So I'm thinking this step is like a 2-6 week thing.

4. After they are registered the agencies, it is believed, will just working again as if there was no delay at all. As I've said before, though, we don't really know where we are in the queue and what's more, don't know how many other agencies work in our region. So it may take several weeks before the lucky day arrives and we get a referral.

Some major stuff we need to do ASAP

Because this whole process from the time we started has been over a year we have to get our homestudy updated. It's not a big deal (all the information is basically the same) but it will entail yet another plethora of documents that will need to be both notarized and then apostilled.

Oh Boy! I get to take another jaunt to Sacramento! And I get to fork over some cash! Wow, this is going to be great!

Thankfully Stef is so on top of this whole process that we have been planning over the past couple of months for this situation and we should be able to have our homestudy updated before our agency even completes Step 3 above.
posted by Steveg @ 7:56 PM  
  • At 3:56 AM, Blogger MMrussianadoption said…

    well, we can finally all say it will happen somewhat soon, with some certainty. Oy! I hope you get the call soon Steve. Really.

  • At 11:19 PM, Blogger Jim said…

    Good summary, Steve! There is a minor step in there between 2 and 3 that you left out, but it's not a big deal and also not usually time-consuming for the agency. They have to register their accreditation with the Ministry of Justice in the State Registration Chamber. In the past, most foreign adoption agencies have managed to complete that step on the same day that they receive their accreditation certificate.

    I am sorry you have to take another trip to Sacramento, but at least you're relatively close and you've done it before so you know what to do. When we went up there from SoCal, we had to drive up one day, stay overnight, do our apostilles, and then drive home. Sure, we could have sent them via courier, but where's the adventure in that?

    By the way, although I appreciate all of the nice things you wrote about me, don't feel compelled to say things like that just because I read your blog. I am just doing what I can to help people like you who have been stuck in this nasty wait.

    Here's hoping step three takes a shorter time than you're thinking.

  • At 6:16 PM, Blogger Steveg said…


    You know both Stef and I love research, so all those Kudo's set your way are simply because we've learned more about the intricacies of the Russian adoption process from you than ALL the books and articles we've read combined.

    And you must know by now that all those plugs you get on FRUA are not because all those charming people enjoy being nice.


    You may remember I do that teaching gig on the side and when a student aces my exam I make sure the whole class knows how good they are. I suppose it may be a bit embarrassing but "A" work deserves "A" credit.

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