Well, we hadn't heard anything about the 1-800A for a long time... Which was secretly relieving because then I don't have to worry about figuring out the next part...lol! Plus, I wasn't in too big a hurry because I had talked with Tania at CAS, and she had told us that we wouldn't be able to hand in our dossier until at least the end of summer due to the delays caused by law changes in Moldova.... Here are some updates from the CAS website over the last couple months:
CAS continues to process adoption cases which were presented at the beginning of the year. Adoption cases are becoming a bit more complicated as the officials incorporate new law changes into the older cases. Families are experiencing delays between first and second trips as it is taking longer for the child’s passport to be issued.
The government has not released the requirements for agency accreditation; however, we anticipate receiving the requirements any day. New dossiers may only be submitted after the agency is approved. Also, the new law has been circulating on the internet. Families should be aware that Moldova officials continue to review the law to ensure it is in the best interest of the children. We do not know exactly what pieces of the law will be implementing or revised. At this point, the law stipulates a longer in country stay (up to 30 days) for families which may or may not be mandatory. Families should be flexible and prepared for subtle changes in this program. Please monitor our website for updated information.
Agency accreditation for agencies licensed in Moldova has been delayed. Initially the anticipated timeframe was for June, it now appears that is will be in latter part of the summer. Adoption agencies are not able to submit new dossier until the re-accreditation process has been completed. Wait times for this program are unknown and movement is dependent on Moldova providing timeframes and specific parameters for implementation of the new adoption laws. CAS will not be accepting new applications for this program until re-accreditation is completed and changes in the new adoption process clarified.
National Accreditation of agencies in Moldova has not moved forward as anticipated. CAS continues to wait for official information on accreditation requirements and future adoption procedures. Often, officials go on summer breaks to enjoy the beautiful Moldova countryside.
It appears that accreditation has been delayed for adoption agencies licensed in Moldova. The anticipated time frame was June. It now appears that it will be later this summer. At this time, adoption agencies cannot submit new dossiers. Wait times for this program are unknown and movement is dependent on officials in Moldova providing time frames and parameters for the new adoption law process. The program is considered full at this time so CAS will not be accepting new applications until re-accreditation and the adoption process has been clarified. Continue to check the CAS website for updates.
I got a call from CAS recently to let me know that Immigration had been trying to email us to change Jason's Remorse Paper [lol! This paper has become quite a joke around here! His accidental squirrel poaching has caused A LOT of extra work! And, it was from 1997!!! I like to remind Jonathan (the guy who jas was hunting with and who said it was ok to hunt there) how I'm going to make him pay for all this!! lol!!]. Anyway, my inbox was totally full so they couldn't reach me... FAIL AGAIN!!! lol! So, I had Marie send the info to Jason't email. It was really no big deal to change it other than I couldn't find the file so I had to re-type his letter from a scan... And, here's what we had to add (along with a new signature and date).... drumroll please......
“I hereby attest that the above statement is true and complete, under penalty of perjury, under United States law.”
Sometimes, this process is just funny when you sit back and look at it... Just so many silly things that have to be perfect... We don't have a clue why things are needed or whatever... We just try to muddle through it and have to laugh at it all... I had Jas sign and date again... then scanned and emailed it to Immigration, CAS, and Cherub the other day... I also sent a hardcopy in the mail.
After emptying my inbox (email works so much better when it's not clogged with almost 2000 unread emails- sad, huh?!), I got this email from Immigration:
Hello: I hope this email finds you all well. I am delighted to inform you that your I-800A application has been approved. The Notice of Approval will be sent to you tomorrow and a copy to your accredited agency via US mail. I look forward to assisting you further throughout this process.
So, now we are approved and will just need to get all the dossier papers in a folder ready to get notarized and apostilled * when CAS gives us the go-ahead!
*[Definition: Additional authentication required for international acceptance of notarized documents including (but not limited to) adoption papers, affidavits, birth certificates, contracts, death certificates, deeds, diplomas and degrees, divorce decrees, incorporation papers, marriage certificates, patent applications, powers of attorney, and school transcripts. Instituted by 'The Hague Convention Abolishing The Requirements Of Legalization For Foreign Public Documents' of 1961, its objective is obviate "the requirements of diplomatic or consular legalization" and thus replace the cumbersome 'chain authentication method' that called for verification by multiple authorities. As prescribed by the convention, an apostille (French for, notation) is a preprinted small (minimum 9 x 9 centimeters) form having ten numbered items of information with blank spaces to be filled in by the designated authority in the issuing country. It is obligatory upon every signatory country to accept apostilles of the other signatory countries.]