Signed, Sealed and Almost Delivered

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Yesterday afternoon was a big day for us. We met with our wonderful attorney to sign our Petition to Adopt. This is almost our final step. Once the petition is filed, we (naturally) wait some more.

Our attorney filed the petition with the circuit clerk's office this morning. My understanding is the clerk's office will forward the petition to the Cabinet, who then forwards it on to our adoption agency. Once they receive the information from the Cabinet, they submit their report back to the court.

What does all this mean? 

It means it's almost official!

I'm not entirely sure what to expect at the hearing. We'll either meet in the judge's chambers or in a courtroom. From what we've been told, we'll be sworn in and asked to say a few words about why our petition should be granted. Then, we'll take our first OFFICIAL family picture with the judge. She'll sign the petition and OMG it will be finished!

What a marathon this process has been. It looks like our court date will be sometime in November. Once the adoption is finalized, we'll do our last bit of paper chasing and request Z's new birth certificate and social security card.

It's been one wild roller coaster, but I wouldn't trade it for the world. :)

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