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Destinations, Dreams and Dogs - International adventure with a fast-track family (& dogs) of Old World values, adopting the Russian-Italian-American good life on the go…!

Will You Lie For Me?

I seem to have a problem. All of my friends are honest. It’s getting me nowhere in my mountain of paperwork required for Russian adoption. I need liars, and I need them now. I need professionals who will vouch for this or that, and not bat an eye. Pohnyal? Whether doctors or realtors, psychiatrists or…

Adoptive Parent Phrases

There’s a big difference between foreign language phrases learned in college and the everyday vocabulary needed by those doing business, or living in a foreign country. For adoptive parents, it’s even more challenging. In university, I recited acadmically-oriented phrases: “What is your course of study?”  “Do you live in the dorms?”  “Is Raisa Serge’evna your…

God in the Russian Orphanage

Theological questions arise when adopting from Russia. There are the random, “God bless you” comments from strangers, then there are the friends’ helpful words: “God knows when the timing is perfect for you to get through the incessant red tape and bring your chld home.” The first exchange, I appreciate. The second, I’m not so…

Adoption: Making Me Lose My Mind

Morning sickness. It’s expected for bio moms, but for adoptive moms? I’m not getting sick every morning, no, there would be some benefit in that, as in lost weight. I can eat anything and everything, like the goal is to be as heavy as an expectant mom even though it’s all on paper-! No, instead,…

Reducing the Risk of Russian Referral Roulette

Like most of us who adopt, you either want to be a parent, or you want to help a child in need. Both are noble aspirations. To reach this goal, you will need to run the gauntlet of gauging whether or not a particular child is destined to be yours. Because some families are able…

How Does Russian Adoption Work?

Slowly. Very slowly. If, however, you can find a good, American accredited/registered adoption agency to assist you, the process could come in at under a year, start to finish. Some of us have languished in the system for a number of years. I like to think of that as the exception, rather than the rule….