Yesterday was Jude’s readoption day! Thankfully here in Georgia you are allowed to represent yourself, which saves us about $1500 in lawyer fees 🙂 And the readoption was at the top of our list of things to do since we came home with Jude. Because I traveled alone, the adoption was final in China’s eyes, but Jude was not considered a US Citizen. Until yesterday! Also, his name was officially changed and now not a court in the land can dispute that he is OUR son, equal to all his siblings if we were to… well… perish. Sadly there are some states in which a foreign adoption does not hold up and a child might actually be left out of their parents’ estate. We wanted to ensure that our boy gets his fair share of that $1.75 that is left in our savings account after three adoptions in two years! 😉
It was a magical day, the judge was incredibly kind and the ‘proceedings’ were held in his chambers. He chatted Miss Sophie up and even got her to show her beautiful dimples when she was no longer able to contain a grin with all his silly questions (“Are you married?”) Then he took the time to pose for some pictures with us, scooping Sophie up in his arms like a grandpa. We were in and out of the courthouse in under an hour, papers in hand, birth certificate applied for, smiles on all of our faces. I think Jude’s was over the Smarties, but who cares. Jude William JiaMing, US Citizen and our precious son.