4/6/2011 2 Comments
Legal Family Matters
You guys are so lucky. You get pregnant easily. Your kids become US citizens automatically. You get to claim them as dependents on your tax return immediately. NO PAPERWORK! NO COURTS!! NO FEES!!!
I, too, feel extremely lucky. But nothing comes easy for me. The kids becoming citizens last week was a huge hurdle. Did you know that it costs me $3000 just for the paperwork? But worth every penny, nonetheless.
Unfortunately, it's not completely over for me. You see, Adrian is the sole guardian of the kids. On their birth certificate, he is listed as the "father" and a "blank" is in the "mother" field (boo!) He was eligible to adopt the kids in Romania, I was not at the time. I had to establish permanent residency, meaning I had to live there for 5 years before I could adopt them. We only lived there for 2 years.
My next step is to become their adopted mother...to get my name on their birth certificate...to become their legal guardian. I know it has to be possible, just not sure where my situation fits in. Did some research on the web and found the following options. Probably need to go talk to Social Services or whatever department that handles this.
Frankie (bird heaven)