Friday, March 30, 2007

The Sterling Saga Continues.


As many of you know, Sterling is the African orphan whom we are adopting. We've been in the process of getting the lad for over a year now, and the story, long and convoluted as it has been, comes down to this: a month ago we got word from the Ugandan courts that they had ruled in our favor and granted us guardianship.

Now, this sounds well and good, but there's a hitch. In their ruling, the judges insisted that we come back to Uganda in three years to complete the adoption. We're fine with that (I guess), but the US isn't. Apparently, according to US International Adoption Policy, that won't fly. So the US isn't granting a visa to the little man, which means he can't come home.

So what can we do? We're appealing to the judges to reword their ruling, omitting the clause about completing the adoption in Uganda. Our lawyer presented this to two of the three judges on Wednesday, and was severely rebuffed, to the point of being threatened with a revocation of her license.

Yikes.

Anyway, our whole adoption hinges on these judges changing their ruling. If they don't, we won't be able to bring the little man home for another year and a half. If they do, we're good to go.

We should hear something soon. Until then, pray.

2 comments:

Wade said...

Adam, we are in the process of trying to adopt a five year old boy from Uganda but, like you, are being told that we will be granted guardianship and not an explicit right to adopt him. I would love to compare experiences with you and see if there is an angle that our lawyers could try. Our lawyer is considering arguing the case based on the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Drop me an eMail and hopefully we can find a way to get both of these boys back to the US.

Adam said...

Wade--

I'd love to chat about it, but I can't seem to find your email address on your profile. Perhaps you could add it to your profile or just email me at the address on my profile (Be sure not to put either address in one of these comments--that's a surefire way to draw spammers).