Clarification on the End Game

Many of you have been asking about our next steps and apparently we didn’t explain things well in the beginning.  So I’m going to briefly recap what’s happened so far and where we go from here.  After arriving in Ukraine on March 31, we had two appointments at the SDA before we could see Nathan again and spend time with him.  While we were there, we went out to the orphanage to see him every other day.  After receiving several levels of approval, we were able to request a court date.  We were blessed with a very quick court date and that took place on April 20.  He legally* became our son and his name was changed on that day, but there is a caveat.  There is a 10-day waiting period following the court hearing in which a family member can come forward and contest his adoption.  If no one presents a challenge, the deal is done following some final paper work.  We were a little confused initially about how the 10-day period is counted.  It begins the day after court and includes weekend days.  But if the 11th day falls on a weekend or holiday, the child cannot leave the orphanage until the next government business day.  So May 4 is the magic day when Nathan is released to his Dad and definitively becomes part of our family (except for the U.S. part of his adoption!)  We are still thinking about what to call this very special day.  We are thinking Family Day or Freedom Day would suit us well. I suppose we should firm that up soon!

Once Bruce picks up Nathan on Wednesday, then the next document chase begins.  They will need to get him a new birth certificate that will bear his new name – Nathan Ilya Boehrs – and list us as his parents.  Then he needs a new Ukrainian passport, a medical exam, and an appointment at the U.S. Embassy for a visa, as this is how he will enter the U.S. as a new immigrant.  Not sure of the order of all that, but I’m pretty sure the birth certificate comes first.  All of this will take the better part of 3 weeks, since there are some more May holidays observed in Ukraine that slow things down a bit.

Bruce and Nathan are scheduled to fly back to the U.S. on May 21.  It is going to be a killer day.  They have a very early morning flight from Kiev, followed by a stop in Frankfurt, Germany, and then on to Chicago before finally landing in Minneapolis at supper time on the 21st.  We are expecting a very tired, but happy to be home Dad and son/brother!

We will continue to update the blog as the adventure continues with Bruce and our new son on “Phase Two Ukraine!”  Bruce flies out tomorrow at 3:25pm first to Chicago, then on to Munich, Germany, and then finally into Kiev on Tuesday afternoon.  Let the jet-lag body slam begin!


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Shannon Stewart
    May 02, 2011 @ 21:08:14

    I can’t believe that it is going to take so long. We got all of that done in about 3 days. We had her birth certificate within 24 hours and had to go to Kyiv for the rest. How many holidays are there?


    • motorcyclemama5
      May 02, 2011 @ 23:12:28

      I don’t know why it takes so bloody long. Our facilitator told him when to expect to return home. Maybe they’re soaking us for rent money – some of it does seem like a racket. They were upset because Brian M. was going to crash for a night at Bruce’s apt. Ridiculous… Our SDA appts., referral, and court date went lightning speed. Maybe this will too!


  2. Denise Alzen
    May 02, 2011 @ 22:55:40

    We enjoyed reading your adoption blog. We met you through JOH. We recently returned from Ukraine. Lord willing, we will be going back soon and hopefully we will be able to return with the boys on our next trip. Godspeed, Denise Alzen


    • motorcyclemama5
      May 02, 2011 @ 23:15:10

      Hi Denise!

      It is so awesome that you got there for a visit. I know it’s time and money, but think of it as an investment. : ) Those poor kiddos being confused, etc. Praying all goes well for you from here on out and the boys will be joining your wonderful family soon! Great to hear from you! Jill


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