Sunday, April 10, 2011

Paperwork Drama

We thought our paperwork was complete, maybe even being presented to the judge. Wednesday evening, though, we learned there was a problem with our psychological evaluations. Our agency was suggesting some changes be made so they would be more culturally sensitive. They were going to present the changes to our psychologist on Thursday and see if she would be willing to make those changes. If I've learned anything in this process it has been do not sit back and let the wheels of burearocracy turn. I got off work early on Thursday because of a junior high track meet and I started making phone calls. I was finally able to speak to our psychologist in person. She seemed unwilling to make the changes (which I understood because I wanted her to uphold her standard of ethics), but also unwilling to make a commitment one way or another until she could confer with Leta, who did our home study and is her colleague. It was looking like we would have to find a new psychologist and have everything redone. To top it all off our case worker at our agency is currently out of the country.
I called everyone in the agency I had spoken with in the past to get some advice and was finally able to speak with the woman who was actually in communication with our psychologist. She suggested getting an appointment with a new psychologist just in case things didn't work out. I was able to use a connection I had made through blogging to get some information about psychologists in the same town as our previous psychologist. (Remember we live in a tiny town far from these kind of resources). My blogging friend didn't have a specific referral, but what she gave me turned out to be better. She sent me a form supplied by their agency for a psychologist to complete. I quickly sent it on to our agency, who approved it and forwarded it in turn to our psychologist. JJ had a baseball game on Friday near the town where our psychologist works. He spent some time calling their office and praying fervently that she would agree to this new form and get it finished in time for a Friday afternoon pick-up and she did!!!! Praise the Lord!! We picked up the form Friday afternoon, put it straight into the mail to a courier service who will hand-deliver it to the Secretary of State's office on Monday and send it on to our agency. I believe it will be in our agency's hands by Tuesday or Wednesday and on to Russian sometime next week.
This was painful. This period has been the most difficult of the entire process, at least for me. At the same time, God has been able to show Himself faithful in a huge way. Thanks so much to my blogging friend!! You provided the means for a miracle.


  1. Yes, this part was the hardest for us too. You just feel like a part of you was left in another world...which it has! I remember so clearly feeling like I had just lost someone. Hang in there. We will be praying for you to get back over ASAP!