Saturday, August 30, 2014

Official Documentation

We got four important documents in the mail yesterday --

1. Petition for Step-Parent Adoption: This one just outlines all the facts in the case, and includes copies of everyone's consents.
2. Adoption Summary & Segregated Information Statement: This one is the information that will be separated for privacy issues.
(More on these two documents here, if you're interested in the legalities.)
3. A copy of the letter to the Office of Safety & Permanency for Children: The originals of 1 & 2, above, went to the court system, so this letter is a request (which was obviously fulfilled) for copies of those filings.
4. A copy of the letter to MG's mother. By Oregon law, the parents of the non-requesting party must be notified of the adoption proceedings. They cannot stop, halt, or otherwise have any say in them, but they must be notified. In this case, there is no biological (since we don't know who MG's bio dad is) nor legal (since Tim never adopted him) father, so we only have to notify his mother. It is my understanding, through my sources, that she is at the beginning stages of Alzheimer's, so I don't even know if she remembers she *has* another granddaughter, but that is not my problem.

The weirdest part of this paperwork is seeing Princess' new chosen name. She will be issued a new birth certificate when this is all over, but this is the first time I'd seen her new name in print. That will take a little getting used to, but we all REALLY like it, and think Princess made a great choice.

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