Well we have one week down of waiting for approval of our homestudy.
In other news, we finally got our act together to go through the process of re-adopting Blake. Our petition for the court was filed today and we will be served the official notice this afternoon. It is my understanding that the process ‘should’ be rather simple, but we have learned to expect the unexpected. If we are assigned a judge that wants to make this difficult we could have lots of paperwork to complete. Readoption is not required in Illinois as it is in some other states. There a few reasons for going through the process. The number one reason for us is to obtain a U.S. birth certificate aka “A Record of Foreign Birth”. This is desirable because if we lose the foreign birth certificate we would have to travel back to Russia to get a new one. Once they get a Record of Foreign birth we can always get another one. Additionally it is easier to deal with schools when you have the English Record of Foreign birth and are not handing them copies of documents from Russia or divulging personal information that Blake may not want shared with the public. Plus think of all of the reasons you need to provide a certified copy of your birth certificate. We need to make this easy for him. Another reason is jurisdiction. In the very unlikely event there is a problem with the foreign judgment a U.S. court is now involved and would have some jurisdiction over the matter. A third reason is Full Faith and Credit: Not all states recognize foreign adoption judgments but they would have to recognize an Illinois one and give it full faith and credit.