22 February 2009

raining and pouring

Things are looking a little grey-er in the world of Russian international adoption.

US homestudy agencies are scrambling to track down missing ppr's and clear their names from the list (link takes you to a page with a downloadable list).

There is a move to standardize the paperwork needed to adopt across all of Russia. That's a BIG country to try to standardize. And, while I don't think this is a bad thing, it is a thing that could slow things down. Changes are being proposed for both international and domestic adoptions. That could mean all new paperwork from me. That gives me a headache.

And, there are e-mails from JCICS that another bill has been presented to the Duma that would put a moratorium on US adoptions. This has been proposed before and nothing has happened. But, it's a little scary every time we hear it.

I e-mailed new agency and asked for confirmation that they had everything they needed. I reminded them that the last time I'd sent everything requested, it was months later that more requests were made. And, I reminded them that all my papers have been in region for weeks now. I said I knew that all this Russia-news had them scrambling, but asked that they didn't forget me! I just think that being officially registered (even though that's not how this region works...) would be a safeguard against the tidal wave that's about to hit.

I was at the orphanage on Friday so, of course, I'm sick today. My sweet V, whose birthday we were celebrating, was SICK! And, while I didn't give her her usual kisses, I feel rotten today.

A little good news would sure go a long way to making me feel better.


Jim said...

Kate - do you have a copy of the e-mail from JCICS? I would like to see it. Thanks.

InventingLiz said...

Ugh, I didn't know Russia was going through such upheavals around adoption, I hope you weather the storm!

Hey, the word verification for my comment is "parch" - maybe that means the rain is about to stop? I hope it doesn't mean adoptions are about to dry up!

Jenni said...

Our homestudy agency in on "the list: but our adoption agency isn't. Since the actual adoption agency was the one who sent int the report, hopefully that means our PPR's have been dealt with properly.

I hope the rumors or moratoriums and slow-downs are just chatter and that nothing comes of them.

Annie said...

How depressing... Though I have to say that Dana (our "agency") told me once that things in Russia are just about always in upheaval! They change, go up and down, close, slow down, but as of now they have always opened up again. And even during the time when we were in the midst of our four adoptions, Russia closed, halted, slowed down and still....praise God it all worked out.

I pray that it will also work out for you SOON. Maybe the scrambling will help somehow.

Rachael said...

Oh, that does sound worrisome. I hope you can slip in and get DONE before any more upheaval. I think you've already had your share. And, I hope you feel better ASAP as well.

Tami said...

UGH. No fun! Russia has been pulling these kinds of antics since we brought Alek home in '99. (TEN years ago this July! :) We'll keep praying you can get through and bring your d(s)2b home soon.
Hope you're feeling better.

Tina in CT said...

I also hope that you can slip in and bring D2B home. You've had more than your share of setbacks to motherhood.

Holly said...

Oh Kate. Sending you virtual hugs. International adoption (particularly from Russia) is not for the faint of heart. You are, honestly, the strongest person I know.

Sending good thoughts, prayers and positive energy your way. This HAS to be your year. It just has to.

Deb said...

Praying hard that none of this new mess slows your file down. You've had enough of this wait. It's time for you to bring home d2b. No more messing around!