Filed Emily Re-Adoption Papers Today

I filed Emily’s (re-)adoption papers with the Calfornia Superior Court this afternoon. Emily’s adoption hearing is scheduled for April 3 (less than a month away). The adoption will be finalized in front of a California Superior Court judge on that day. However, the California Office of Vital Records (a state governmental agency that processes birth certificates) is taking 10 months after an adoption hearing to issue a new California birth certificate with the new information that is formalized at the hearing (for instance, Emily’s current official name is still her full Chinese name – Jian Ying Gan. It will officially become Emily Jian Kawada at the end of the hearing).