We talked with Ukraine on Saturday. It was not quiet the news we were looking for. They need us to change some paperwork and add some new paperwork. We did get back our updated FBI background checks but we need to get it apostilled. All of that will put us about 2-3 weeks out before we can send everything to Ukraine. The one enormous issue is that we have to have our old adoption agency update our dates on our home study. Paperwork is only valid for 6 months in Ukraine. So while our home study itself is still valid because the completion date/signature page on it is older than six months the Ukraine will not accept it, even though it’s apostilled etc… So a note to all those folks out there looking to adopt in the Ukraine it’s best to coordinate everything to be completed at the same time!
Jeff and I switched adoption methods in an attempt to save about 20K. The agency is not exactly wanting to update the dates because of a new change starting in June 2014. This new rule will require all persons adopting to use an approved agency. Signing a new date of February 2014 makes our paperwork still valid through June 2014. Apparently this presents some kind of liability issue for the agency even though we are not using them, plus I’m sure us not paying them 20K doesn't help our position. Two scenarios will play out. Scenario one our old agency updates the dates and we are going to Ukraine in April. Scenario two, they refuse and we are set back 3 months while spending more money on a new home study. We are really hoping for scenario one. Please keep us in your prayers for option one to happen. We need to be done with our adoption by June if we want to avoid any more extravagant fees.
I will update everyone again once I have the answer from our old adoption agency. Wish me luck!!