Monday, August 25, 2008

Heartbreaking News

Well everything was going pretty good. Jolynn, Brianna, Caleb, and Reece went back to Wisconsin after court. Kathren has attached to everyone. She kisses and hugs us all. She loves lala ( baby). We had court and our 10 day waiting period was up on Thursday August 21st. We got our papers from court and were off to get our birth certificate. It is quite a process. We had to go from Berdanske to Zaphoriah to Pology to Marispol back to Zaphoriah and back to Berdanske. It is 2 hours between towns. It was to do with where she was born and where her original birth certificate made and where it needs to be registered at. The region is closed on Monday August 25th for their independence day. Here is the bad news. We need to get Kathren a passport and the Ukraine has started a new passport system. The Ukrainian people need to get new passports. They use their passports like we use our drivers license. They are way behind on making passports and now they have closed the factory because they are going to move it. It is in Kiev currently. I don't where they plan on moving it. They plan on reopening it on September 3rd. I have had experience with them to know what they say and what they do are not necessarily the same thing. There is no guarantee. If they do open on the 3rd, I don't know how long it will take to get the passport. They are currently saying 3 to 10 days. Jim and Haliey are probably coming home on August 29th without Kathren. Unless we know for sure we can get a passport early to next week. Haliey needs to start school and Jim needs to get back to school. If they come back without her, we are hoping that the lady helping with the adoption can get the passport and bring her to Kiev so Jim will just need to do the physical and the embassy and be on their way back. Maybe he can fly out on a Sat. get there Sun. do the embassy and physical on Monday and be on their way home on Tues. and be back to work on Wed. Please pray that we get a passport soon so our family can finally be all together. There are some old passports you can get next day, but they are not legal and they are very hard to get. We are praying for a miracle.


Susan said...

How very frustrating - but so typical of Ukrainian adoption! It took my cousins two trips and 150 days to find their daughters and bring them home - but the wait was well-worth it. Hang in there...eventually your daughter will be home with her family and this trying time will be just a memory.

I hope things will work out quickly - surely, with so many people being adversely affected by this new passport problem, the government will try to find a way to speed things up.

Best wishes,
Susan in Ky,
cousin to two from Ukraine

MamaPoRuski said...

Have read on other adoptive blogs that this is truly affecting everyone! Ukraine did the SAME thing last year at this time while were trying to bring our son home. Ask if an "expediency fee" can be paid. We paid a currier to stand in line for us and take the train to/from Kyiv to get it processed rather than have it put into a pile...$350. The only time we paid for quicker service! Praying things are going better now!

MamaPoRuski said...

Just checking in to see if there is an update! Are you home now?