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There are approximately 18000 parents registered with CARA, while the number of children in the Government's adoption pool is less 1800.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Celebrating COC!

Today we were invited to go to a ceremony for.............

our daughter to receive her certificate of citizenship.This was the last piece of adoption work that we would need to complete and it feels good to have it all done. Sananda has already been a U.S. citizen for awhile now, but it was nice to be at the event and for her to get the certificate.

The town we went to for this was a long drive and after getting there the whole event took around 1 ½ hours. There were 32 countries represented with 72 people receiving their certificates. Some of the names called were international ones and the speaker even apologized in advance if she messed any of them up. I just did an article on here about naming an adoptive child and I had been thinking, as I said in the article, that Sananda’s name is easy to pronounce and there shall be no problem with our baby’s name.

When the speaker called our little girl’s name we didn’t even know she said it because it was not recognizable at all, except she said our last name too. When no one else stood up to go to the front we looked at each other and thought, I guess she means us. We took Sananda to the front of the room and sure enough there was her certificate.

The speaker was very nice and talked about how good it was that all of them , either through hard work, adoption, or from parent's migration , have become citizens. Someday Sananda will enjoy hearing about all of this, but today during the ceremony she wanted to do anything but pay attention. So much for a 2 year old getting into anything like that. After we left it was time to eat so we stopped at a really good restaurant to celebrate and then found an Indian grocery and grabbed some Indian sweets (barfi) for dessert.

1 comment:

Ruby Nakka - Admin. said...

Hi Lynda,

Congratulations on completing your daughter's citizenship process. Don't forget to apply for the naturalization certificate which can take up to 10 months to a year. Passport alone is not enough and naturalization certificate is needed.

Give my hugs to Sananda.