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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Accomplishments...

I really feel like we are moving forward.  This week we completed our first of 3 home study visits, all of our training, and all home study paperwork.  Our social worker told us it is quite possible we will be making our first trip in August (maybe September due to the slow down during August in Europe) and our second trip to bring the kids home in December.  I really would like to have them home a few weeks before the holidays to let them get settled a bit.  But we will manage, no matter what the timing. 

Monday, May 23, 2011

Fingerprints

One and 1/2 hours at the police station on Friday attempting to get good quality fingerprints.  4 Sets of prints sent off to the FBI on Saturday.  I hope these work.  My pinky finger is still sore from all of the pressing!!!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Bulgaria Facts

Religion:
Bulgarian Orthodox Christian
83%
Muslim
12%
Ethnicity:
Bulgarian
86%
Turkish
9%
Roma
5%
Language:
Bulgarian - Slavic origin
85%
Turkish - Central Asian origin
10%
Roma - Indo European origin
4%
Location:
Bulgaria is a country located in South Eastern Europe
It is a little larger than the state of Tennessee
Bulgaria borders 5 European countries and the Black Sea:
Romania is North of Bulgaria
Greece is South of Bulgaria
Serbia is on Bulgaria's West side
The Black Sea is on Bulgaria's East side
Turkey is Southeast of Bulgaria
Macedonia is Southwest of Bulgaria
Capital:
Sofia - located at the foot of the Balkan & Vitosha Mountains
Population:
7,094,000
Government:
Parliamentary Democracy
Currency:
Lev
Common Holidays:
New Year's Day
Good Friday
Easter Sunday
Christmas Eve
Christmas Day
Other Holidays:
National Day of the Republic of Bulgaria
March 3rd
Labour Day
May 1st & 2nd
Day of the Armed Forces
May 6th
Day of Education, Culture, and Alphabet
May 24th
Unification Day
Sept 6th
Independence
Sept 22nd

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

First Adoption Glitch - FBI Fingerprints

After waiting almost 6 weeks for our clearance letters from the FBI, we receive a letter indicating that my prints were too low quality to use.  Bruce received his clearance.  The problem with mine is my pinky finger virtually has no print.  The police officer where we had our prints taken said this is usually do to a severe burn at some point in  life.  I have never had a burn or any other injury to my pinky finger.  Nonetheless, no clearance letter.  I immediately contacted my case manager and social worker.  Apparently, this does happen on occasion.  There are a few options available and we are going with the best option according to the authorities in Bulgaria.  I have to have 4 sets of finger prints taken and forwarded to the FBI.  According to my case manager, as soon as the FBI receives the prints, they will process them.  Hopefully it will only add on another one to weeks to our process.  I really was concerned that we would have to wait another 6 weeks.  Thankfully, that is not the case.  I am praying this next attempt works.

At this point we have just about completed everything on our end.  Medicals are completed, education is almost completed (one more course), all forms have been filled out, signed, and notarized.  Our conference with our Family Education Coordinator from AGCI to discuss our transition plan for the twins is scheduled for tomorrow.  We have our home study scheduled to begin next week.  The home study should be finished in 3 to 4 weeks.  Providing I receive my FBI clearance letter, our next step will be to have the necessary paperwork apostilled.  At that point, our dossier will be ready to send to our agency.  Once the dossier is reviewed and approved by our agency, it will be sent to for translation and then forwarded to the Bulgaria Ministry of Justice.  Unfortunately, by the time it reaches this stage, it will be right during the summer slow down in Bulgaria (all of Europe).  This could easily delay processing for 2 months and probably will.  I am still praying we have the twins home by the end of the year.  Whether or not this is realistic, I do not know.  But, I can pray!