Our little Sunshine!
We’re officially Ayoub’s parents, Alhamdulilah! We just returned from court where the adoption papers were signed and stamped by the local judge. Ayoub turns 7-months today, as well. It’s a very mubarak (blessed) day for our family.
Farhan and I would like to thank everyone for their support, duas, prayers, and love during this time. A special thank you goes to the folks from La Creche who worked and worried as hard as we did that all would go smoothly amidst the strike. It all paid off!
Now, on to the passport, Qatar visa and US visa. Ayoub and I hope to be back in Doha around October 16, and in the US around Thanksgiving time, God willing.
Step 10: Check.
Mrs. Haddad informed us that the judge and ‘lajna’ will hold a special session tomorrow in order to give us the ‘tanfeed’ and make us officially Ayoub’s guardians. Woohoo!
We met a gentleman who works at the Qatar embassy. Long story short, we explained our situation and pleaded with him to give us a visa from his embassy and he wouldn’t budge. We exhausted all of our options and Ayoub and I just won’t get passports and visas in time to make it Sarah’s wedding. We’re very sad.
We also found out from Mrs. Haddad that the government workers are striking again tomorrow and won’t be able to receive our ‘tanfeed’.
To give you a little background, once the certificate of abandonment for a child is received, adoptive parent’s documents are filed. If approved, there’s a declaration (hokum) that the adoptive parents are the child’s guardians, and then a ‘tanfeed’ which is the actual execution of the declaration and is done before a ‘lajna’ (committee). We are waiting on the ‘tanfeed’.
We asked a friend in Tangier politics to go with us to meet the judge to help with processing our ‘tanfeed’. We were in the car and got a call from Mrs. Haddad who explained that because of the strike, the workers had gone away for the weekend (starting from Wednesday). Their presence was necessary in order for the ‘tanfeed’ to be done. So we realized that it wasn’t going to happen today.
Not getting the ‘tanfeed’ delayed getting the ‘permission to travel’ document and ultimately, the passport and Qatari visa. I was determined to make it to Sarah’s wedding on the 8th so we decided to travel to the Qatari Embassy in Rabat next week to explain our situation and beg for a visa, if needed.
Let’s see what happens…
So, tomorrow we’re going to just show up at the courthouse with an influential government friend of ours to see if we can get something moving. The crazy part is that the judgement has taken place for us to be Ayoub’s guardians, but we just need the paperwork. Seems reasonable and easy enough? Fingers crossed.
Determined to be productive amidst our setback, I finally finished our registry at Amazon.com. With the help of Aliya Q, we registered for some great gear and goodies for Ayoub. There’s this nifty feature that lets you add products from other sites in the registry. While we chose a crib that’s a bit pricey, we were able to add chests of drawers from reasonably-priced Ikea. How cool is that? Only in the US can you find something so efficient! Farhan’s office will ship all of our goodies out to Qatar most likely in the beginning or middle of November. I’m looking forward to having a house setup for a baby…and a car!
First things first…I pray we have a positive visit with the judge tomorrow.
Mrs. Haddad just informed us that the judge did not agree to see us on Friday. His reason is that other people in his office are required to be present at a custody hearing and they do not work on Fridays. We’ve put a call in to another person who might be able to make something happen. We’re waiting to hear back now.
I’m very sad at the thought of missing Sarah’s wedding. InshaAllah another door will open some where, some how! Never in my dreams or plan-b planning did I see this one coming.
We just called Mrs. Haddad to make sure everything is set for tomorrow’s big day. She told us that the courts are on strike tomorrow and Thursday. This includes the judge who is meant to declare us Ayoub’s guardians tomorrow. Mrs. Haddad will try to get something pushed through on Friday which would be great, but isn’t definite. Either way it throws off our very detailed schedule from my last post.
I’m so stressed out that I’ve just been laughing all morning (better than crying)! What else can we do…we didn’t anticipate a strike! We’ll make it through, inshaAllah.