Saturday, April 19, 2014
Let the Count Down Begin!! 10.....9.....8....7....6....... "I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you." John 14:18
So...a few announcements!! It's NOT too late to join in the Give A Way!! Please visit that link: Wrapping It Up Give A Way
We also have a sweet gal that has stepped forward to help us reach our goal in another way. Check it out here! Paracord Products for Orphans
Here is the blurb she wrote about us:
Do you LOVE the Winslow Gang like I do? Did you love and pray for sweet Zoey before she went to her new home in Heaven? Were you, like me, touched by the Winslows' dedication to bring home a second child after suffering such a painful loss? I don't know if they have a Family Warrior or not, but since they are my 'family of the month', I'm planning to shout about them regularly until they are fully funded! If you would like to help this amazing family bring home TWO sweet children, would you consider dropping a little $$ in their FSP, or saying a prayer? From now until April 30 you can also order a custom, handcrafted paracord bracelet for you, your kids, or someone else you love, from me via this page (https://www.facebook.com/paracordfororphans) and all proceeds will go to the Winslows! So far I've got a little over $40 with their name on it... can we get to $50 by the end of this week? That's only two more bracelets! AND you'll be blessing me by giving me something to do! Please message me (either personally or via the page) for details on ordering your personalized bracelet!
And so...would you please consider joining with us and partnering with us so that we can reach our goal as soon as possible?? Thank you in advance! We promise to keep you posted!
We have our Article 5 next Tuesday the 22nd. Here is what that is:
Article 5 explained:
The Bulgarian agency representative attends the visa interview at the US
Embassy. At this meeting, the US Embassy representative will review your
home study, dossier and the child’s information and will approve the
adoption to continue. If they have any questions about items in the home
study or with discrepancies between the I-800a approval and the child’s
referral, they may ask for additional information. If they approve everything
as is, they will issue the Article 5 letter the following day. You will be
notified via email when this happens.
Once the Article 5 letter is received, it is translated & authenticated. This
process takes a little over a week to complete. Once that is complete, it is
submitted to the MOJ, along with all the second stage dossier documents
that you completed.
Your dossier file is now officially complete.
Then from Article 5 this is what happens:
Preparing the dossier for court
Once your dossier is resubmitted to the MOJ (Ministry of Justice) , it goes through a series of
steps that take about a month to complete. It is first given to the attorney,
who reviews the file and prepares the official consent for adoption by the
sending country under Hague. It is then given to the Minister for her
signature. After the Minister signs the dossier, it goes back to the attorney,
where the court petition is prepared. The dossier then goes back to the
Minister for a 2nd signature. After the Minister signs off on the dossier this
time, the dossier is taken to the courts by someone from the MOJ.
Then it's time for: Court
Once your dossier is sent to court, it is assigned to a judge. The official time
line for this a judge to be assigned is 14 days. Once it is assigned to a judge,
the judge has 7 days to assign the court date. How far out court is depends
on the judge.
Some judges will ask for additional information from the adopting family
before court and others will not. You will be notified of your court date and
any additional documents required via email from your case manager.
An attorney from the Bulgarian agency represents you the day of court. You
will be notified via email the day of court about the outcome of the
proceeding. The adoption will be granted unless the judge or prosecutor asks
for additional information, in which case, court will be postponed and a
future court date given.
Once the adoption is granted in court, there is a 7 day wait period before the
adoption is finalized. After the 7 days, it takes 3-5 days to obtain the signed
court decree from the judge.
Once the court decree is obtained, the new birth certificate is applied for.
This takes up to 5 business days. At the same time, the court decree is being
You will receive a travel date for trip 2 after the birth certificate is
obtained. You will be notified of travel dates via email.
And so...there you have it! Please pray for a speedy process from this point on!! We sure do thank you and covet your prayers!
The Winslow Fam