Saturday, March 10, 2012
We Have a Court Date
Before applying for Jie Jie's US passport, I decided to go ahead with the re-adoption that would give her a US birth certificate, or something like an American certificate of foreign birth. Regardless of what it's called, it will have her name on it with the middle name I gave her so her passport will match.
On one of the forms, it says I can bring a camera. I've seen many pictures of families with the judge who did the re-adoption. I'll bring my camera and take a picture, but only for Jie Jie's sake, in case, in the future, she wants it. Honestly, I'm resentful of this step. I have already adopted my child. It is a legal and binding thing. We are a family. We have been a family for nearly a year! Her adoption documents, visa and citizenship certificate should be enough, in my opinion, for her to be issued this birth certificate without having to go through a RE adoption, before a judge, in a courtroom. It just doesn't have any meaning to me other than another time-wasting bureaucratic, form-laden step.