Light At The End Of The Adoption Process Tunnel
It’s official, we have submitted Little MPB’s Canadian Immigration Part 2 paperwork!
This means that in approximately 8 months, Little MPB should be a Canadian citizen. (But I’m not holding my breath that it will actually be done in 8 months, I’m thinking it’ll be closer to 1 year).
This also happens to mean, as far as I know, we will have no further paperwork related to international adoption to complete! As in, we will be done! We are so close now. This may not sound like a big deal to most people, but considering by the time this is done it will be over 3 years since we started adoption paperwork, I’m excited to see the light at the end of the tunnel. So far we have managed to successful do:
- Canadian adoption application including medicals, accounting records, police checks, RCMP criminal record checks, children intervention checks, etc.
- Canadian home study paperwork and process.
- USA adoption application
- USA adoption profile book
- Canadian Immigration paperwork Part 1
- Relinquishment paperwork
- Interpol fingerprinting
- Canadian post placement adoption home study paperwork and process
- USA Social Security paperwork
- USA passport (x2 as his first one expired in 1 year)
- USA adoption finalization paperwork including medical, accounting records, etc.
I wont lie, it’s been a grueling process to get through – in addition to all the paperwork and homes studies we’ve also read multiple books and sat through multiple adoption parenting seminars and courses (some of which were absolutely horrible). Heck, even our local notary who we’ve had to visit multiple times over the course of the last 3 years to notarize various documents suggested I write a book to help others out there because he’s been shocked at the process we’ve been through.
Needless to say, I’m excited to be done with paperwork! And I’m also really excited that Part 2 of the paperwork was free!! With the exception of paying to notarize multiple documents, his Canadian Immigration paperwork cost a total of $100.00 when we submitted Part 1. In the world of international adoption costs, $100 is nothing short of amazing!
And, I wont lie, I’m also excited to have dual citizenship for Little MPB. He already has access to full Canadian medical (because I fought with everything I had when they threatened to take it away when he was 6 months old. I even went so as far giving the government department 1 week to sort it out before I went to the media, and let me tell you, I would have put the MPB family on the 6pm news if I had to in order to ensure Little MPB had medical coverage). But once this is done, he will also be able to get a Canadian Social Insurance Numbers (similar to Social Security in the USA), get a Canadian Passport and be eligible for Registered Education Savings Plan. And, I’m sure he’ll be eligible for a few more things that I’ve just taken for granted throughout my life that I just haven’t realize yet.
Ops, scratch that whole thought about only having this 1 thing left to do. We are also still working on his amended Birth Certificatewith the state he was born in. It was submitted by the state his adoption was finalized in, right after his adoption was finalized. But of course the state he was born in rejected it in March 2017. So, I’ve been working on that since then, and it seems to be moving at a ridiculously slow rate and it feels like every week I have to submit more information to them. But based on my last phone call with them, I’m cautiously optimistic that we are close to being done and I’m hoping his amended birth certificate will arrive in the mail within the next few weeks.
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