If we pass, on March 1st, the girls are officially "ours". We could even start to post pictures then! :)
I have recently read that the court date is about at a 50/50 pass/fail rate. This wasn't a number put out by any government or agency, rather, estimates based on recent trends.
Why Wouldn't We Pass?
On March 1st, a judge will review our dossier (stack of detailed paperwork, that has been authenticated in D.C.). One missed detail in this can be cause for failing court. Also, we need to have a few sentence letter from the Ethiopian MOWA (Ministry of Woman's Affairs). If this letter isn't present, which is a common scenario, we would fail the first date. In addition, birthfather has to be interviewed by the judge and sign off, one final time on the girls. It is possible that he doesn't come as it is a long trip and it sounds like there is a different cultural importance of time/dates.
If we don't pass our first date, a second date is given, usually 2-3 weeks later and our agency scrambles to fix the problem.
After we pass court, an expected travel date is 4-6 weeks after court.
Please pray with us for March 1st.
In honor of the snow and my new "every-post-must-have-a-picture" pact, some sledding shots. :)
Jennifer, Aunt Sharon and Sarah