We received Ephraim's State of Tennessee Report of Foreign Birth yesterday in his new American name! That was much quicker and less painless than I had imagined! Initially we contacted a lawyer in town who had recently adopted a baby girl from Vietnam because we were afraid trying to take care of the paperwork ourselves would be frustrating with lots of false starts. Besides Ephraim's name change and re-adoption, we needed to re-adopt Sasha, although he didn't need a name change. The lawyer was going to charge us $1200.00 for the two boys plus costs! So ... Ben contacted Chancery Court to find out where to file the paperwork, I pulled out Barrett and Keaton's Final Order of Adoption from back when lawyers and a court appearance were required, and I used their paperwork as a framework. A couple of weeks later we received a letter from the state informing us that the paperwork was incorrect, but when we contacted them, we found out that our county hadn't applied their official seal before forwarding the Final Order of Adoption to the state. I got it right the first time and the county messed up!
I'm a work-at-home mom of thirteen children ranging in age from twenty-six years old to five months old. Eight are home grown and five were adopted internationally (Russia, Guatemala, Vietnam and Ethiopia). We live on an 85-acre farm, and we have home schooled since 1986. My husband is a family physician in solo practice. I manage his practice and file the insurance claims.