For those of you in the adoption world you’ll know what this means. We have STILL not finalized our adoption of Elia. For those of you not familiar with the term Finalization- this does not mean that there is any need to worry that we will loose her. Typically about 6 months after placement, an adoptive family goes to court and gets permanent custody of the child, including getting a new birth certificate with an official name change and so forth.
Our finalization was set for December, and if you recall the judge refused to hear our case because he wanted an additional piece of paperwork from Elia’s birth state. We’ve been waiting since then to get the signature from a judge out of state. In March we found out that judge had been indicted so they were attempting to get the needed signature from a federal appointed judge.
I think we’re getting closer, but in the mean time we’ve had to continue having post-placement visits every two months (at the tune of $250 each it’s getting a bit old!).
So tomorrow our social worker comes to our house to do an update. She’s really sweet and we love her, but we’d really love for this to be finished.
Would you please pray for a quick release of the paperwork needed to finalize!