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Some whispers that things are gearing up
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
We're still waiting for the regions to get going with registering the agencies who were part of the first batch of accreditations. I suppose it's more like we're waiting for the region we're headed to. But we heard some good news that it appears other regions are moving forward and that our region is just about there. Again, it is still possible that our agency which works in nine regions (9 Times Mrs. Bueller, sorry another 80's dated joke) might move us to a different region if they feel it will be easier for us to get a referral that matches up with us better.

But the really good news is that the one region in Russia (Khabarovsk ) which was completely closed down is now up and working with our agency to get court dates for waiting families. This is huge. This is the region where they were not allowing adoptions to be completed until accreditations were done.

The way I think of it there are (in a global sense) three main parts to adopting a child from Russia. First is the homestudy and (what I call the U.S. side) where you are given the right to adopt a child. Second is acceptance of a referral (basically finding your child and filling out all the paperwork to adopt them). And third is the court approval of the adoption (the legal recognition of the adoption).

After accreditations expired and of course it most cases it has been over a year for the waiting agencies to be reaccredited, most of the regions would allow the parents who had completed the first two parts to finish their adoption even though their agency's accreditation had expired. In most cases they just allowed the parents to finish the adoption as an "independent adoption". So over the past year even without accreditation families have been able to bring their children home.

To my knowledge one and only one region (I think there are something like 50!!! regions) did not allow this to happen. Consequently, parents who have met and already made emotionally connections with a child have been waiting for over a year to get a court date and bring their child home. Thankfully Khabarovsk is now officially working to get court dates for these parents and bring the adoption to a happy conclusion.

And that is good news indeed.


posted by Steveg @ 4:01 PM  
  • At 8:04 PM, Blogger Suz said…

    Our region did not allow completion without accreditation.

    I don't name the region online because in my understanding we are now the ONLY American family still waiting there.

  • At 9:40 PM, Blogger Tricia said…

    Steve, I hope that you hear referral news soon. I think I've been following your blog for almost a year... it's definitely your time!!!

    (Maybe we'll be able to meet in Moscow??!!!)

  • At 12:06 AM, Blogger Steveg said…

    I hope so Tricia, I'll buy the first round of vodka.

    And Suz I'm hopeful that with everything that we're hearing that things are going to get moving for everyone.

  • At 8:58 AM, Blogger Debbie said…

    That sounds like promising news.
    Hope your region starts moving soon.

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