Monday, April 11, 2011

The fun continues!

I remember the weeks following our wedding eleven years ago(!). After planning "the big day" for over a year, I was really sad there was no more cake tasting, favor making, seat charting.... I wondered "what will I do to pass the time now?"
Well, with adoption, the so-called "honeymoon" appears to be never over.
In the last few weeks I have been working feverishly on the "next steps" in paperwork. Yup. More paperwork.
USCIS Citizenship certificates, Social Security card applications, US Passports, and GULP....Re-adoption.
I don't even want to think about post-adoption reporting. Our first PAR is due in June! It'll be here next time I blink for sure.
We received Charlie's citizenship certificate in the mail from USCIS in a very timely manner. (Maybe I'm not on the "black list") So that was the proverbial "tip of the iceberg" to get the rest of our tasks completed.
Social Security application. I filled out the forms, copied our documents and drug the boy to the SSI office right after lunch on Thursday last week. I was greeted at the door by a not so friendly security guard and 100 other people waiting for whatever you wait for if you don't have a baby at the Social Security Office. I grabbed and number and a seat. I figured if Charlie can make it through a 20 hour plane flight, he can sit in the SS Office for an hour. Luckily, I had some random things in my purse to keep him busy. Like safety scissors I use for couponing. So I taught him how to cut paper (government issued paper to be exact) Finally it was our turn!
After the officer called over her supervisor, and then her supervisor's supervisor to figure out how to key in our adoption information, we were on our way. 45 minutes in a sterile waiting room=no problem for my boy. He is such a people watcher, and TRUST me, there was a lot of people watching to be done there! Next week he should get his SSN!
Now it's on to the next steps in our planner.....
Call me crazy, but I think I can file the post-adoption legal papers on my own without an attorney. Working at a law firm for the last 5 years does have it's perks I suppose, Summons/Petitions/and Civil Action Cover Sheets don't scare me! I think I can do it without paying an attorney to do it, acting as my own attorney.....we'll see after I really start digging into. If it's too much for me to handle, maybe I can call in a favor at the firm....
So, it seems like the fun never ends in adoption land! At least until 2014 when our last PAR is sent in! Ah....but then we will move on to renouncing citizenship when he turns 18....Charlie is a duel citizen of the US and Russia and if he ever travels back to his motherland after his 18th birthday he could be drafted into the Russian military upon his entry into the country!
So, no. I don't think it will ever end. Ah....the things they don't tell you....


  1. So glad that you'll be able to walk me through all this! :0)

  2. Okay that last post was from me. I must have been signed in under the hubby. Oops!

  3. Glad to see you're getting everything done so quickly! I was not looking forward to getting the Social Security number and card for our new little one and strangley the SSA sent us one last week with William's name on it and everything. Weird, but nice to know it's done.

  4. It all goes by really fast. . .next thing you know al you have to do is keep up with keeping the passport (both of them) current! : )

  5. You are so on top of all this! I've yet to do hardly anything and CJ has been home a year. Kudos to you!