A Guide to Russian Adoption: Professional Counseling and by Alisa White Karwowski

By Alisa White Karwowski

This sensible ebook explains the method of adopting a toddler from Russia, from first touch with a Russian business enterprise via bonding with the followed baby again at domestic. Karwowski offers a source that folks can hold alongside as they navigate the forms, the house evaluation, court docket hearings, clinical tests, and fiscal parts of what can another way appear like an overpowering method. Herself the adoptive mum or dad of 2 sons from Russia, the writer additionally info universal matters households face as they acclimate their newborn to their domestic, family members, and American tradition. Aiming to damage the method into possible steps, Karwowski contains her personal adventure as a backdrop. Degreed in either psychology and sociology, she discusses delicate concerns in regards to the baby, that can contain problems with abandonment, belief, and attachment. For all of those, she provides tools adoptive mom and dad can use to determine the indicators and cope. She additionally addresses misconceptions in most cases held approximately adoptions from Russia, the rustic to which she traveled 4 occasions throughout years, to undertake her sons.

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Before I even finished my conversation with him, he was on his way home. We felt like we were the parents who had to make the difficult decision of putting a child up for adoption. There was no way that we could let go of this particular child. Like the director said, as a way of comforting us, we had not yet seen the child, we didn’t know his name, and we didn’t The Meeting 41 know his birthday. That was all very true. But he was alive in our hearts. I understand that things happen for a reason and I understand the notion that maybe he wasn’t the right child for us.

I remember reading somewhere that the average life expectancy for an orphan living on the streets of Russia is thirty-two years. I did not want this to be the fate of the baby we had come to meet. It was very hard to walk away from her—leaving someone so vulnerable sitting on the cold dirty floor of the underground passage. We had been looking for a restaurant but I felt guilty, and was no longer excited about having our first taste of Russian cuisine. We had felt absolutely elated that we had made it to the city where our child had lived up to this point.

You can expect to wait anywhere from three to eight weeks for your approval to come. Once you have received your Notice of Action from the United States, your completed dossier will be sent to Moscow. This will prompt the Russian government to put your name on the list of waiting adoptive parents at the Ministry of Education (often referred to by its acronym, the MOE). You will receive a formal “Notice of Action” document in the mail a few weeks later that reads, “Notice of favorable disposition concerning application for advance processing of orphan petition.

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