Ok blog friends, we received word today that the Judge in Pskov will not, under any circumstance hear any American adoption cases. We are assuming this means until an official bilateral adoption agreement is signed, but the way it was presented it sounded like a very permanent decision. I ask our case manager a million questions, all assuming that there is SOMETHING that can be done about this. Maybe this is just an American way of thinking, "I'll keep asking until I get a response I like/everything is negotiable/never take no for an answer" but in my line of questioning it appears that:
There is one Judge in our region
We cannot have another Judge hear our case (Anyone heard any different?)
We can contact the US State Department and see what they can do for us.
The Russian Ministry of Education is the only governing body that has any say in what Judges can and cannot do.
Our region appears to be the only region with a Judge that feels this way
However, the DOE in Pskov are processing new families and accepting new dossiers, allowing people to travel for their first trips. She said as a matter of fact our agency got a Pskov referral this week?!!? (I KNOW IT MAKES NO SENSE!)
There just has to be something else we can do. If you don't want to discuss this on a public forum (I don't really want to either, I am just at my wits end and grasping at straws) PLEASE email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I am hoping that someone might have some advice to share. I just feel so hopeless.