yay, because we’ve been added to the VN blogroll, maintained by Mrs. Broccoli Guy. And a big thank you to her for keeping up with such a big list, as well as her contributions to Voices for Vietnam Adoption integrity (VVAI). In fact, as far as I can tell, VVAI is run by Mrs. Broccoli Guy and Nikki from Stepping on Legos. If you haven’t checked out the VVAI website, well, go run and do it(see link to the right), because the things they are writing about Vietnam adoption are the things that i think need to be said. And I think their blogs are pretty great, too.
On to other things…happy late independence day, everyone! Of course, they don’t celebrate it here in england :). We ended up going to a party over at a squadron guy’s house, and had a good time. the air force actually put on fireworks at the base, but since they weren’t going to start until 10pm (when it really starts to get dark here), we decided to pass. As it was, the kids both conked out on the way home from the party at 7:30.
Adoption news: so the enhanced disclosure drama continues….the JAG lawyer wasn’t able to help us out, so i got the name of a courier/British notary from our homestudy worker and gave her a call. She agreed that the enhanced disclosure document causes endless problems because it isn’t signed anywhere, but said she could take care of notarizing and verifying the documents through the British system for us, for a fee. Ok, i say, figuring maybe $75 total for this stuff. 154 pounds, she replies. YIKES! That works out to be roughly 310 American dollars! And then she says that if we do it under the British system, this document will have to go to the Vietnamese consulate in London, not to the consulate in San Francisco, where all of our other documents will probably go. Needless to say, i thanked her for her time, and told her i’d call her if i needed her. So… The Hunk and i will go up to the US embassy on monday, and attempt to put this thing to rest… finally. Then we will just be waiting for our I-171H from the embassy to come. and while i didn’t imagine that this document would be a problem (because a person at the embassy told me that their I-600A processing times are about 2 weeks once all the documents are in), now i am hearing nightmare stories about 7 month processing times! I am going to be soooo pissed if that man was lying to me! I would rather hear overestimated times than lies! And why will i be so angry? I can imagine those of you familier with international adoption waving your arms in the air, screaming i know! i know! For those who don’t know, all of our documents (that i have spent the last 3 months compiling, including the dreaded enhanced disclosure) must reach Vietnam before they are 6 months old, or they have to be redone. I DO NOT WANT TO REDO ALL OF THESE DOCUMENTS. I REALLY, REALLY DON’T. PLEASE DON’T MAKE ME GET ANOTHER ENHANCED DISCLOSURE, US EMBASSY. So that’s the adoption news.
To end on a positive note, the early intervention lady came out to evaluate Y again today, bringing with her the 14 month ASQ sheet with her this time. and the verdict is….his communication skills score has actually dropped (because he doesn’t talk, just like he didn’t talk at 12 months), but he raised his score significantly in his fine motor skills, which is the other area he was lagging behind in. So she doesn’t want to do the full evaluation on him at this point, because he’s only behind in one area. She feels like once he gets the tubes in his ears, he’ll improve dramatically. I hope so…he gets really frustrated now, ’cause he knows what he wants, but can’t tell us. He really resists signing too, but we’re gonna double our efforts on that. Anyway, its kind of a positive note, right?