After we mailed in the Dossier, it's all out of our hands. It's great to not worry about collecting some piece of paper every day, but at least that was at my control. I was the guy who would get it done or not. Now it's all out of our hands, and I'm stuck wondering if we filled out some form wrong or if someone will just say, "No." I'm still a little fuzzy at what point the Kaz government says, "Yes, you can adopt a child." Again as long as someone doesn't say, "No," I guess we're okay.
Here's a snapshot of the next steps...
- * Dossier to Kaz for translation (October 9, 2003)
-- The agency will send everything that you've slaved over to be translated into Russian
* WPA receives translation (November 12, 2003)
-- Just what it sounds like, and then it's off to...
* Waiting period in New York City (30 days, psych!... 60 days!)
-- Here the paperwork is in a holding pattern in New York City at what I think is the Kaz consulate
-- This used to be a 30 day period, but the rules changed it to 60 days just before they received our paperwork
-- At this point we were getting pretty frustrated, and I kept having nightmares that someone had lost our stuff
* Paperwork to Kaz Ministry of Education (January 30, 2004)
-- After the waiting period is over it goes back to Kaz... does that make much sense to you because it still doesn't to me!
All through this process, you're waiting for the infamous travel dates. That's when the agency calls and let's us know when we can travel to get our son. As a wise man said, "it's the waiting that's the hardest part."