We adopted Tarikua through the court system in Ethiopia, but hadn't re-adopted her in the US. You don't have to, at least not in our state, but doing so does has some advantages, namely having a US birth certificate. The birth certificate will say she was born in Ethiopia, but is issued by the state of Texas. Having it should make it easier for her to file paperwork when getting a driver's license, a passport, and that kind of thing. Also, we only have one copy of her Ethiopian birth certificate and it would be difficult to get more copies, if that were ever necessary. Finally, Tarikua's legal name was Tarikua Daniel, since the Ethiopian courts always assign the child the adoptive father's first name as a middle name. We had it changed to Tarikua Evangeline.
Tia's baby photo on her birth certificate. Isn't she the yummiest baby?!
It was a special day - for all of us.
We all dressed up then headed to the courthouse.
We waited outside the judge's chambers to meet with our lawyer before our case appeared before the judge.
The lawyer coached the kids on how to raise their right hands (oops, the other right!!) and swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
We got a low-res, distorted iPhone photo with the judge. (We were thankful for it! She was even cool enough to let the girls sit in her chair!)
Then we celebrated by having lunch out as a family.
It was a milestone we won't forget. We love you, Tarikua!