Sunday, April 26, 2009

Do You Have Questions For Us?

I saw this idea on another blog recently and I like it. If you are like me, when you were prepping your dossier or getting ready to go over to Ukraine, you have questions that no one is answering or you can't easily find the answers. I want to give you this opportunity to ask me and I will see if I can answer it. Go ahead and ask anything at all related to the dossier, our Ukraine trips, our adjustments, whatever. If I don't know the answer, or out of respect for our family's privacy, can't share it, I will say so. Then again, perhaps another reader may know the answer or is willing to share.

Just leave a question in the comments. I get emails when someone posts so I know that I won't miss it.

I spent 2 1/2 months in Odessa, so I may be able to be helpful. It's a shame to waste experience, so ask away!

9 comments:

Christine said...

Wow- that was a long time to spend in Ukraine. We are hoping to travel soon and our plan is to make two trips.

adopting2fromUkraine said...

You spent a longer time in Ukraine than we did. We spent five weeks the first trip and a month the second, so it was over nine weeks together. Our trips were split up only because we had to wait on a Russian birth certificate which added 8 weeks to our total for finishing our adoption.

Our daughter tells people she's Russian even though she is a Ukrainian citizen. She has a Ukrainian passport with her birth country listed as Russia.

June

Dave Baldacchino said...

Thanks Alan! I'll kick the questions off :) I read that you did work while there so I suppose you had reliable internet access. What did you use? Is wireless affordable & reliable? I guess that really depends where you are but thought of asking about your experience in general. I'd like to stay connected and perhaps keep writing on my other blog and do some extra work too/respond to work emails.

Anna Torres said...

Would you please send me some more information about the boy who was burned?

Thanks, Anna Torres
anna@annatorreslaw.com

Anonymous said...

Can you please clarify what is required for the Police clearance for the dossier? Is there a need to include FBI prints,or will a local statement be acceptable?
Thanks you.
Alycia Goody

Anonymous said...

I have a problem. We will be going very soon. waiting for our appt. date. Waited to obtain the brand new money from the bank cz' 3 banks told me "no problem".."we can have it in 3 days"...course that is NOT true. Do the banks there accept $50 dollar bills? The banks here have more "newer" 50's than 100's. Are there any other alternatives? Thank you for any help. -Tina Mitchell

Dave Baldacchino said...

We went to our bank (Wells Fargo) and they told us they only get new money around Christmas. So we told them what bwe wanted, went to the bank and spent over an hour going over the "stash", bill by bill. We omitted all that had marks or rips and got the nicest ones. If they were really worn out we omitted them too. They don't look brand new but they're in good condition. I'm pretty usre banks would be ok with them

Anonymous said...

thanks for the info about the cash! another question... some people bring gifts for people...judge, translator, teachers, etc.. is this expected? what kind of things should we bring? I have seen examples such as: spoons, coasters or perfumes. Any other ideas?? -Tina

Texzann said...

Congratulations on your successful Ukrainian adventure - and on your new one here at home! We have just finished our Home Study and are hoping to send our dossier off in another month or two. I had another question about the money you took with you - was the biggest expense for you just the living expenses - apartment, transportation, food, etc? Was it possible to pay for any of that with credit card or was the whole trip pretty much a cash only other than the airfare? Just looking for any way to avoid coming up with that much cash on hand if we can!