[bct] Re: Hey, here's a cool site!

  • From: "Lynnette" <superlynne@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2005 20:50:36 -0500

Blessings on your family, Buddy.  You did a noble thing.
I'm certain, though, that you'll say it was the right thing.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Buddy Brannan" <buddy@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, November 21, 2005 5:46 PM
Subject: [bct] Re: Hey, here's a cool site!

> Actually, we got a lot less hassle than we expected. Our adoption  
> facilitator did lots of running around, we spent lots of time sitting  
> in the car, but we got the feeling that a lot of people were really  
> doing all they could to make things as easy for us as they could.  
> This surprised us a lot, since, well, it's very common for officials  
> to ask for, and adopting families to pay, bribes (euphemistically  
> called "expediting fees", but they're not set and they're very  
> unofficial--let's call them what they are). Anyway, our facilitator  
> rightly encourages his families not to pay these bribes--while it may  
> be "the way it's done", there's no reason for us to perpetuate it and  
> expand it and makee the problem worse, which is what's happened over  
> there. We didn't pay the bribes. In fact, we were asked only once,  
> and when we refused and said we'd have our case heard on its merits,  
> we were never asked again, and no one gave us any trouble. Fact is,  
> the judge was very nice, and everyone wished us luck.
> Alena's going to have an identity crisis, though. Our facilitator  
> gave her the wrong name in court, and so all her official paperwork  
> says different things. Some places it says Alena Grace Brannan (which  
> should be correct). Most places say her name is Alisa Grace Brannan.  
> (We need to fix this eventually, but having it changed in Ukraine  
> would've been a huge pain, and we just wanted to go home!) And then,  
> her Ukrainian passport says her name is Alise grace. She's five now,  
> and she was four when we got her, but she's the size of a two-year- 
> old. We were told she had lots of health problems, which was OK--we  
> didn't want a "normal" child, everyone else wants those. Ironically,  
> she didn't have the problems they told us she did, but they didn't  
> tell us about her seizures, which are now under control. She really  
> is the joy of our lives, and she for sure keeps us on our toes!
> --
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