Adoption Timeline

  • December 11, 2008 - finally home!
  • December 8, 2008 - GOTCHA DAY
  • December 7, 2008 - train to SPB
  • November 26, 2008 - back home to wait out the 10 days
  • November 25, 2008 - visit Nastja and take her to see the house
  • November 24, 2008 - medical in am and court in pm - ADOPTION GRANTED
  • November 23, 2008 - arrive in SPB and see Nastja again
  • October 31, 2008 - received confirmed court date - November 24th
  • October 31, 2008 - completed telephone interview with SW regarding religion
  • October 29, 2008 - received tentative court date and list in Finnish of more documents to compile
  • October 12, 2008 - speech for court emailed to coordinator
  • October 3, 2008 - pictures and inhabitant list mailed to Helsinki
  • October 2, 2008 - picked up second, apostillized copy of official list of our home's inhabitants
  • October 1, 2008 - received email that our judge would like more documents after her initial reading of our file
  • September 23, 2008 - visited the Magistrate, once again, to have documents apostilled. Said documents sent to Helsinki.
  • September 19, 2008 - applied for new criminal record searches.
  • September 18, 2008 - received call that we need one more document, plus our criminal record searches have been lost. The silver lining is that a judge has read our file!
  • August 18, 2008 - another batch of documents apostillized and sent on their way
  • July 29, 2008 - medical reports apostillized and sent
  • July 8, 2008 - last batch of documents sent to St. P to be translated
  • July 7, 2008 - 3 more documents apostilled and then mailed to SC along with the other 9
  • July 3, 2008 - 9 documents apostillized at the Magistrate's
  • July 1, 2008 - the boys see the doctor for their check-ups
  • June 30, 2008 - blood tests and chest x-rays (X 5)
  • June 24, 2008 - Stefan and I see the doctor to get healthy medical certificates. Turns out to be the initial visit, must have blood work and x-rays done before certificates issued.
  • June 11, 2008 - second payment made
  • June 11, 2008 - received paperwork to sign for the courts (including name change)
  • May 30, 2008 - received paperwork and insructions for Stage 3
  • May 28, 2008 - visited orphanage in the morning. Got permission from the director to take her out to a cafe for a treat! After, went to the notary's office to sign the acceptance papers. Headed back home on the 4pm train.
  • May 27, 2008 - went to adoption committee in the morning to receive official permission to visit the orphanage. Saw a picture of Anastasia for the first time. Visited the orphanage before and then again after lunch. Signed papers to commit to adopting her.
  • May 26, 2008 - train to St. Petersburg
  • April 25, 2008 - received "adoption proposal" from coordinator at SC by phone on our way home from the Magistrate's office! They've matched us with a little girl, 5 years old.
  • April 25, 2008 - back to Magistrate's office to apostillize the documents for Stage 2
  • April 16, 2008 - received documents for Stage 2 from SC
  • April 9, 2008 - homestudy updated (over the phone) - it's been a year already!- by our new Social Worker (previous one took a new job in Helsinki)
  • February 9, 2008 - checklist regarding the child's health and background (what we will/won't accept) sent to adoption coordinator
  • December 2007 - SC sends all our documents for Stage 1 to Russia to be translated
  • December 17, 2007 - apostillized and mailed to Save the Children copies of passports and marriage license
  • December 3, 2007 - granted Adoption permit from Finland's Health and Social Ministry
  • Septmber 22-23, 2007 - attended the Nordic Adoption Council meeting in Helsinki
  • September 17, 2007 - attended Save the Children's adoption information meeting in Nykarleby
  • May 30, 2007 - first payment
  • April 25, 2007 - Homestudy received by Save the Children's International Adoption head office in Helsinki
  • April 10, 2007 - Homestudy complete
  • March 21, 2007 - final visit with Social Worker in Tampere
  • January 17, 2007 - fourth meeting with Social Worker (in our home to meet the boys)
  • November 7, 2006 - third meeting with Social Worker in Tampere
  • September 26, 2006 - second meeting with Social Worker in Tampere
  • September 11, 2006 - doctor visit to receive notes we are healthy!
  • August 20, 2006 - first meeting with Social Worker in Tampere
  • August 2006 - home visit from local Social Worker
  • May 3, 2006 - application for adoption received by Save the Children
  • March 2006 - attended International adoption information meeting at Save the Children in Tampere

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The outskirts of St. Pete

St. Petersburg

Saint Petersburg: Sankt-Peterburg, Russian pronunciation: is a city and a federal subject of Russia located on the Neva River at the head of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea. The city's other names were Petrograd (1914–1924) and Leningrad (1924–1991). Founded by Tsar Peter I of Russia on 27 May, 1703, it was the capital of the Russian Empire for more than two hundred years (1713–1728, 1732–1918). Saint Petersburg is home to more than two hundred museums, many of them hosted in historic buildings. The largest of the museums is the Hermitage Museum, featuring interiors of the former imperial residence and a vast collection of art. Celebrating the 300th anniversary of its foundation, Saint Petersburg was selected as the main motif in a recent Finnish commemorative coin, the €10 Mannerheim and Saint Petersburg commemorative coin, minted in 2003. The reverse of the coin features a view of Saint Petersburg, with the Peter and Paul Fortress and its three turrets. In the coin the words "St. Petersburg 1703-2003" can be seen.