The court date is an important step in the adoption process because that is when Ava will legally become our child and be a Jarvie forever! We do not have to be present for the court date....we have signed a power of attorney form so that our agency can stand in for us.
In order for us to pass court we need a couple things to be in place:
1. All paperwork (dossier, agency paperwork, orphanage paperwork) must be complete and correct. If anything is missing or wrong, we do not pass.
2. Ava's birthmother must attend the court date. If she does not show up, we do not pass.
Our agency has told us we have a 50/50 chance of passing this first time. If we do not pass on Nov. 12th, then we will be assigned another court date 4-6 weeks later and we try all over again to pass court. I know families that have passed the first time and I know families that have had many court dates. Let's hope we are in the 50% that pass the first time!!!!
If we pass, then we could travel 4 weeks later, which would be BEFORE Christmas. That would be the best Christmas gift we could ask for. There is also a chance we could pass, but travel after Christmas. Obviously, we wait and see how it all works out!
I am a big believer in the power of prayer, so please PRAY that everything is in order for our Nov. 12th court date!!!!!
Once we pass, we will post photos of her on our blog.
Whew, hope that wasn't too confusing!