Here we go, again: readoption, revisited.

Posted: January 11, 2012 in Adoption, Virginia

I really wanted to file our son’s paperwork with the court this morning, to begin the re-adoption process. But as with all the best-laid plans, our morning schedule had to be rearranged to fit in a last-minute trip to the pediatrician’s office for an ear infection diagnosis. As we were leaving the doctor’s office, it started to rain and I really didn’t want to have to unload all of the kids at the courthouse and trudge everyone through the rain (and possibly get our paperwork all wet, too).  I decided to go on to the courthouse, despite the pouring rain and hoping there would be a break in the showers. I told the kids if it was still pouring when we got there, we would just come back another day. As I got closer to the government center, the rain tapered off to a light drizzle. And when I pulled in the parking lot, there was a spot right at the front, across from the main entrance. How cool is that! God works out even the smallest details. Thank you, God!

Some of you may be wondering why we need to re-adopt our son. His adoption was final in Taiwan and we are his parents. The Commonwealth of Virginia did change its laws last year, allowing some families to obtain a birth certificate for an adopted child without the need to re-adopt. However our son’s immigration visa requires re-adoption in our home state. The re-adoption step is relatively simple and will ensure our son does not run into immigration issues later in life. He will have access to a birth certificate here in our state, rather than relying on a copy of his birth certificate from Taiwan. And his adoption will be recognized in our home state as well. Once this step is complete, we will have his Certificate of Foreign Birth in his American name, and we will request his Certificate of Citizenship from the US Government. The paperwork never seems to end but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel getting brighter…

  1. Nadine says:

    Good luck with the re-adoption. We are just in the process of starting our son’s re-adoption here. It does seem like mountains of paperwork and government tape but so worth it. Seems like we just finished the process with our first son, oh yeah…we did and you probably finished your other one recently as well. I love to read about your sweet family and feel your support for ours. SO glad we adopted the last one. He is a sweetheart!

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