We immediately fell in love and decided to adopt them two days later. After spending the final week of their visit to America with us, the children were required to return to Russia while Scott and I completed the adoption certification / dossier process.
The day that I put them on the bus for the return trip to the airport will forever be one of the saddest days of my life. For the next eight months, the only contact I would have with Katya, Alex, and Svieta were the four letters that they were able to send us. They wrote that they cried often because they missed us and asked us to come and get them. It was heart breaking to know that they spent each day wondering if we were coming while I spent each day wondering if they were happy and hoping that they were safe.
It took several months after our children returned to Russia for our home study certification and dossier to be completed. It was very stressful knowing that my husband and I could not obtain an adoption court date in Russia, until all of our paperwork had been completed. Although we were finally able to come together as a family in April of 2003, the months we spent apart were forever lost to us as a family.
One of the motivating factors for co-founding Building Arizona Families, was the sorrow that I experienced while waiting to begin my life as Katya, Alex, and Svieta’s mother.