Saturday, June 13, 2009

Here's What Happened at Wednesday's Hearing

First of all, it wasn't until last night (Friday about 11:30 p.m.) that we got the story on Wed.'s hearing. Lymaris had sent us an email she had gotten from Beyla on Wed. evening explaining what took place, but unfortunately for us, the email was in Spanish and Lymaris had to run and didn't have time to translate just then, but said she would do it over the phone the next day. (Mind you, this was the biggest event in our case to date, and we were chomping at the bit to find out...) fast forward to Friday night, that's when we finally connected with her and got the lowdown.

The news is mostly good, praise the Lord. The Judge officially made Beyla our Mandatory attorney after our previous attorney Gallo asked to be taken off the case. The Judge however would not exclude Mr. Gallo completely.

We were also officially accepted as part of the process as the "Prospective Adoptive Parents" (PAP). I wasn't aware that this was part of what was going to be discussed, but it was, we were accepted by the Court, and that's a very good thing!

The Court has ordered their own "search" for M., the birth mother, and now it is just a matter of time until the police in her local area bring her in for the DNA test.

The Judge adjourned the hearing until November 16th! That is unless M. has been brought in before that date and cooperates. We're definitely praying that takes place much, much sooner than Nov. 16th! Olivia turns 4 on Nov. 15th, for crying out loud!!!

Lymaris also told us however, that we will have to redo most or all of our dossier all... over... again! There goes my summer! Apparently, the lovely Mr. Gallo says he doesn't have our original dossier and another person who has worked on our case in the past says she doesn't have our original dossier and the two of them aren't on speaking terms, so instead of waiting for them to stop blaming each other and find it, we have to go through getting all the documents together again. Most of everything is going to expire within the next several months anyway, so I guess it's a good idea to get it all updated. Oy!

What this all boils down to is that, we need M. to come in and take the DNA, plain and simple. Beyla and Lymaris believe that once she knows she's "wanted" by the police, she'll have no choice but to come in. We're hoping that the process of her local Court issuing an order for the police to contact her is already under way and that it'll be a short time before they bring her in. That's what our prayer is now.

Meanwhile, I'm off on the paper chase once again..... whatever it takes to bring Olivia home.

I'll post again, when we learn something new.


Terri Fisher said...

Thanks for the update...I've been checking since Wednesday! Praying Olivia's courtdate before her 4th birthday!

Beth in MN said...


I found my way to your blog today via another blog.

I'm so glad that you have some good news. I certainly hope the birthmother cooperates now.

I'm glad to hear you're working with the CNA now.

Beth in MN

The Heinrichs said...

Sorry about the paper work mess but YEAH...good news! The paper chase will be much easier this time around though!!! ...And praying Olivia is home for her birthday!!!

Greg and Felicia Huff said...

Still praying for you and your family. You're constantly in our thoughts and prayers.