Last Wednesday, November 13th, we became our youngest son's official parents according to the state of Colorado. Of course we were already his parents according to the country of Rwanda and the United States, so really this was just a formality. All went well and since we filed all the paperwork on our own behalf we all had to attend court this time. The older kids thought it was really cool seeing the court room and telling the judge that they promise to be a good brother and sister. Unfortunately, my petition to modify his birth date was denied, stating that we would have to fix it in Rwanda. There is a slim chance that would ever happen so I will probably petition the courts again to modify it once I get more data and we have his US birth certificate. That is how we did it for big sister, whose age was off by at least 2 years, but apparently with the rise in adoptions from Ethiopia, there have been so many requests in the last 2 years to change birth dates that the juvenile judges are just not agreeing to it anymore.
This pic reminds me of the ones taken of us with important people in Rwanda and where has that same not so happy about all of this strange business look. I have a theory that this whole court thing must be incredibly confusing to kids who are old enough to know something is going on but not old enough to understand what it is. After all, he does not need a judge to tell him who is parents are!