Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A visit from our GAL

We had an early afternoon visit from our GAL.  This lady wasn't just any gal, but instead, the Guardian ad Litem assigned to us by the court system.  Her job was simply to represent the children in our readoption hearing.  Basically, she came to our house to ensure the children were being well-taken care of and had their needs met. 

The use of a GAL in an international readoption case seems somewhat ridiculous considering our lengthy homestudy, USCIS approval, completed adoption, our timely compliance with post placement requirements, and all positive post placement reports.  However, the readoption takes place in family court, and therefore, follows the stipulations it presents.  Of course, while most view readoption as mere formality, I do believe our GAL took her job seriously.  Honestly, she was quite pleasant and the whole process took about an hour, so it wasn't bad at all.  She admitted she felt it was somewhat intrusive, but considering all you go through to adopt, this was nothing!

While she did a quick walk-through of the house before leaving, but the majority of our time was spent in conversation.  She asked Jon and I and the children various questions.  Her focus seemed to be education, and I believe, I proved to her that I could sufficiently educate our children.  She really latched on to the fact that I had a fine arts background, and I believe, we scored bonus points when she learned of Rachel's upcoming dance recital, the kids bell choir at church, and Caleb's desire to be a veterinarian when he grows up. 

She will complete a report of her findings to be presented as evidence in court.  Our court appointment is Monday, and we are looking forward to crossing this next step off the to-do list.  Both our attorney and the Guardian ad Litem will be present.  During this court appearance, readoption will occur, and the children's names will legally be changed.  We will then be able to get KY issued birth certificates and file for their Certificates of Citizenship.

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