This is the place where we are have documented the road we have walked in order to adopt our four children from Brazil and the road we are now on as a family. We are keenly aware that adopting is not just a process we've chosen to go through, but part of God's plan for us and for our children. May He be glorified through the process and through our family!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Brazilian Consulate

To make all our documents presentable to the Brazilian courts, they had to be legalized by the Brazilian Consulate in NYC.  Documents had to be dropped off by 1pm, so after having them apostilled in Hartford, I sped south again on the highway, picked up James on a street corner where he was waiting for me, and headed down to New York.  We arrived in the city with enough time, parked the car, and scampered a few blocks to the consulate.  Security officers in the building gave us these very flattering ID cards and sent us up to the consular offices.

We signed in and received a number (I think "L" stands for Legalization) and sat down for about 32 seconds before we were called up to the window.  We handed over the documents, took our receipt and agreed to return the next day between 3 and 4 pm to pick up the documents.  

THE NEXT DAY... 12/21/08
We repeated the trip, but this time by train.  Kim had a day off school because of snow, and the rails seemed safer than the roads.  The consulate is only a few blocks from Grand Central Station, so we schlepped (not scampered) through the slushy, sloppy mess, hurrying to arrive on time.  We got our flattering ID cards...

...signed in and got a number and didn't even have time to sit down in a chair before our number was called.  Hand over receipt, watch clerk thumb through a tall stack of papers, pull ours out, attempt to thank clerk in Portuguese, and head back out the door.  Done.  

I really think this was the most smooth and efficient part of the whole adoption process so far.  

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