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

By Alisa White Karwowski

This sensible booklet explains the method of adopting a baby from Russia, from first touch with a Russian company via bonding with the followed baby again at domestic. Karwowski presents a source that oldsters can hold alongside as they navigate the bureaucracy, the house evaluate, court docket hearings, scientific assessments, and monetary elements of what can differently appear like an overpowering procedure. Herself the adoptive mum or dad of 2 sons from Russia, the writer additionally information universal concerns households face as they acclimate their newborn to their domestic, family members, and American tradition. Aiming to wreck the method into potential steps, Karwowski comprises her personal adventure as a backdrop. Degreed in either psychology and sociology, she discusses delicate matters in regards to the baby, that may contain problems with abandonment, belief, and attachment. For all of those, she offers tools adoptive mom and dad can use to work out the symptoms and cope. She additionally addresses misconceptions regularly held approximately adoptions from Russia, the rustic to which she traveled 4 occasions throughout years, to undertake her sons.

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Minutes were hours and I felt more and more anxious. Finally, we saw 10:15 on the alarm clock. We thought we’d better get downstairs to be there when Viktor, our interpreter, came for us. Tim was securing the money belt that held thousands of dollars around his waist. Money belts had been suggested to us because they are out of sight, unlike The Meeting 39 the pocket used for your money hung by a cord around your neck. The phone rang. It was Viktor telling us that we were going to have to wait until 1:30 to make our way to the orphanage.

S. government had approved our request. S. government for permission. We had an appointment to report to the Immigration and Naturalization office in Concord, New Hampshire for our computer-generated fingerprints. A guard scanned our bodies and my purse and then asked us to pass through the metal detector. I got stopped. I took off my jacket and pulled up my sleeves. I went through the detector again and was allowed to go into the waiting room. They rightfully treat you in an official manner, but I was there to adopt my baby; I wasn’t going to terrorize the place.

The best thing we learned from Olia was how to tell our new child that we loved him in Russian at the moment we met him. Once the home study report was complete the agency could send our dossier to Russia. There was nothing more we could do to expedite the process. Now the Russians would learn about us and begin working with the orphanage facilitators to look for a baby for us to adopt. Shortly thereafter, we received word that they had reviewed all of our documents and that we had been approved in Russia to accept an assignment.

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