Sunday, September 5, 2010

7 months

7 months ago on February 2nd we finalized adoption papers in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province, Peoples Rebublic of China.  Fast forward to September 2nd, we had our court hearing to "readopt" or "refinalize" what was done in China, here in America.  Although Jackson became a Swartzlander in every sense of the word 7 months ago, we decided to go through this very simple process here in the US so that we would be able to get Jackson an American birth certificate (which I believe is a Certificate of Foreign Birth) and then we will be able to apply for an American Passport!

Our attorney was wonderful.  He and his wife have 2 adopted girls from China.  He provides his services free of charge to families that have adopted from China to refinalize everything.  We only had to pay the court fees!  What a blessing for our family!  In all of the years that he has been doing this, Jackson was THE VERY FIRST BOY that he has represented!
Jackson and his "out of the blue" goofy grin! with our attorney, Mr. Pappas
Our family with Judge Piggotte
Outside the courthouse
Jackson and Kurt

1 comment:

Rachel said...

Congratulations!!!! What a special day for your family.

We have been looking into the possibility of adopting a little boy with special needs from China, but we don't think we meet China's qualifications :( It is crazy that there are little boys waiting for a home and yet so many people waiting to adopt...I hope in the future we will be able to adopt from China!