A good friend emailed me last night and said, "I'd sure like to get into the mind of that woman and find out why she hasn't signed your paperwork!"
This comment made me realize that I haven't been clear as to what the situation is that has caused the paperwork to remain unsigned, so here it is:
The director of the SDA doesn't work every day of the week. Fridays are typically government days off (no news to all of us, right?). There is a stack of these papers, including those of other families like us, sitting on her desk awaiting her signature.
Nastia's paperwork arrived on Monday the 11th. For whatever reason, she didn't sign the papers that day. She may have been in meetings, gone by the time it arrived...or it just wasn't her priority to do that for the waiting families. Again, they don't care about the difficulties adopting families face.
This woman had seminars the other days this week and, of course, doesn't work today (Friday). So, it just wasn't on the top of her personal priority list to make sure she came into the office or made sure to sign the papers while she was there, if she was there.
It's as simple as that. A scheduling conflict or however you want to see it. This is not a personal vedetta against us because she doesn't want us to adopt Nastia, it's not because there is a question about Nastia's adoptability or whether or not we are approved to adopt her. This is just one of those red tape situations of government bureaucracy that is maddening.
It is no different than the bureaucracy of our own government.