Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Invitation arrived today

We got our invitation to the Adoption Center in Kiev today!  This is the day we have been waiting a long time for.  We need to be in Kiev for a morning appointment on April 13.  We are still making flight arrangements but we expect we will fly out on April 10 and arrive in Kiev on April 11.

Paul and I still need to decide if one of us stays the entire time (about 8 weeks) or if we all come home together after approx. 4 weeks and then one of us goes back 10 days later for another 2 weeks to take care of paperwork and exams that needs to be done in order to bring Kirill home.  The process is drawn out by the fact that there is a 10 day waiting period after your court date and you are not able to do any of the paperwork or exams that are needed in order to bring your child to the US.  As much as both of us would like to be there for the entire process, we recognize it is best to get Max back home for the last part of the school year. 

If everything works out we should have Kirill here with us in early June!  Thank you to everyone for your prayers and positive thoughts that have gotten us to this point. 


  1. Dave sez,
    Fantastic news! Cathy and I are so happy for you! We just got our invitation to get fingerprinted at Homeland Security on April 19th!

    We will certainly keep you in our prayers and follow your progress!

  2. WOOHOO!!! So happy for you three! Let us know when your "Gotcha Day" will be -- I'm sure there will be LOTS of celebration!!!


    Anne-Marie & Dan Brandt

  3. Hi Karla!

    Sorry it's taken me so long to contact you. I am so happy that you now have a date and are able to make your travel plans. We look forward to seeing you at some point in Kiev! We arrived yesterday afternoon (Mar 31) and our SDA appt. is on Monday. We are so glad to be here. We connected with the Ritzman family tonight and had a great time talking and enjoying dinner with them.

  4. Hi Karla:

    You may be bringing our Travel Dossier to Kiev for us. We got our 171-H approval for 18 months last week and our last forms are being signed on Tuesday, April 5th. Blessings to all
    of you!!

    Curt and Peggy Kristensen