Posts Tagged ‘Adoption Finalization’

It’s Official "Madilyn Rachel Lloyd"

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

Madilyn is now legally our daughter. We had our finalization by telephone this morning. The entire conversation lasted no more than 10 minutes.

I am so glad that our adoption process is FINALLY over. It took us just over 3 years to come to this point. I have told David on more than one occassion, that I just don’t know why nothing ever comes easy for us. The last 7 months been some of the happiest but also saddest and most stressful of our lives. We have worried and stressed over the bmom coming back into the picture at the last minute and putting another bump in the road. But today went smoothly, and quickly.

We are so blessed to have Madilyn as a member of our family. She has made such a difference in our lives in the short time that we have had her, and I can not imagine my life without her.


7 Months

Monday, January 26th, 2009

It is hard to believe that Madilyn is already 7 months old. Where has the time gone? She is a beautiful little girl and I feel so blessed to have her. Our adoption will be final next week. While finalization is just a “piece of paper” I can not wait for the judge to say that the adoption is finalized. It seems like such a long road that we have traveled to get to this point.

Madilyn is reaching all of her milestones and is a happy healthly baby. She is now in the process of trying to stand up by herself. She falls, but always gets back up to try again. She is not one to give up easily.

She is now sleeping through the night, and when she wakes up she will play in her crib for a little while. Most of the time we can lay her down at night while she is still awake and within a few minutes she will fall asleep, without any fussing or crying.

I hope one day that she will know how much she is loved and how much she was wanted. I am so glad that the night we got the phone call about her we said yes. We had been hurt and let down so many times in the past with similar phone calls that we had given up on ever having another child. I am thankful that God placed in our hearts to say yes.

Adoption Finalization

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

We heard from our attorney last night. Our adoption court date is set for February 3 at 9:30 am. We have requested to do the adoption by telephone due to the cost of travel to Iowa. The judge did approve this but really did not want to do so. He was not sure how other judges in the court would feel about this so he said we would need to finalize in his court and February 3 was the earliest date that he had available.

Please pray that we do not have any futher delays with this process. It has been a long hard road and we are ready to be done with this.


Friday, November 21st, 2008

Seems like every time we start moving on in life, we get a letter or email from the attorney with not so great news. Today we got our bill and the bill for the bmom’s attorney. I am still puzzled as to why we have to pay this bill for her. She is the one who sued us. So now we owe around $7000 to attorneys, we have already paid around 3000 in attorney fees. Our attorney said we can work on a payment plan, hers pretty much wants to be paid sooner rather than later. Guess we will not have any extra money for a while, since everything will be going to pay these bills.

I am trying to be positive but I am so tired of being jerked around by these people. I just want this to be over and finalized. Pray that this happens in January as planned and that we do not have to pay anymore attorney fees.

Just Rollilng Along

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

Well we are just grooving along here in the Lloyd household. We do not have any new information to report concerning the adoption or finalization. However, we have been blindsided with the bill from the bmom’s attorney, which is around $6000.00. Not too happy about this, she sued us and was trying to get us to buy her baby, now we have to pay her attorney. These laws need to be rewritten, we had our own legal fees to pay and were not prepared to pay even more. Pray for about this funding… we do not want to put it on credit, and we don’t have it all in the bank. Hopefully her attorney will accept a payment plan.

Adoption Update

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

The darkness at the end of the tunnel has now grown to a light at the end of the tunnel. We talked with our attorney yesterday. Our 180 days started on July 1 not October 1, which is when the TPR (termination of parent rights) was signed. We should receive our court date for finalization sometime toward the end of November or early December. Our court date should be during the 2 week of January.

We were told by the adoption agency that we would not have to go to Iowa for finalization, however, we are now being told that the agency was incorrect and that we do have to attend the finalization hearing in Iowa. So that means another long trip to Iowa. At least this time we will not be stuck there not knowing what is going on like we were in July. That was the longest 17 days of our lives. I guess we can take pictures with the judge and make a big deal out of it. It would be great if additional family members could attend, but that is such a long trip, so I doubt that anyone else will be able to attend.

At the time of finalization paperwork will be filed for a new birth certificate. This birth certificate will be issued with the name we have choosen Madilyn Rachel. We will then be able to apply for a social security number once we receive the reissued birth certificate.

I feel like this process is taking forever, but Madilyn is only 4 months old, so I guess it has not been forever. I just want to see her Birth Certificate with our name on it. I want my insurance card to have her name on it, not the name she was given in the hospital. It will happen, it will just take time.

Adoption Update

Sunday, October 5th, 2008

As many of you know we have had a stressful time with our adoption. I have not posted all of the details of the problems for the protection of Madilyn and our family. I do not wish to post everything about her bmom, because its really painful to think about everything that she has said and done during the past few months.

As of Wednesday, Oct. 1 all of Madilyn’s biological parents rights have been terminated. Basically the BMom wanted more money so she contested the adoption. Long story short, we ended up paying another 1500 for birthmother expenses, and now she has no rights. We are now waiting for a court date for finalization. This probably will not happen until January. Georgia law requires that an adoption can not be finalized until the child has lived in the house for 180 days. So we are waiting. Hopefully our court date will come quickly after the 180 days passes.