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tweinstein:
So my children's mother finally realized that they would have a better life in the United States. For a variety of reasons, she is unable to provide for them adequately in Brazil. You would think that after fighting a Hague Convention petition for 5 years and the mother WANTS to send the children back, it would be easy to get your children out of Brazil. Not so fast. . .

Last year, we got new U.S. passports for the children in anticipation that she would let them visit. We foolishly thought that was all they needed to travel to the United States. Little did we realize that the Federal Police in Brazil will not let them leave Brazil without new Brazilian passports since they ENTERED Brazil over 7 years ago on Brazilian passports. Remember, since they were taken to Brazil over 7 years ago, their Brazilian passports are long expired. Furthermore, since they are being treated as Brazilian and not U.S. citizens (where they were born and raised until they were taken), they also need authorization from me to leave the country (which would not be necessary if they were treated as U.S. citizens).

And now starts the bureaucratic nightmare. So far, I have sent notarized forms to the Brazilian Consulate granting not only their mother permission to apply for new Brazilian passports, but also permission to leave. At some point within the next month, the Brazilian Consulate will return the papers to me so that I can then mail them to Brazil (only the originals are accepted in Brazil and the consulate will NOT intervene). Their mother then needs to apply for new Brazilian passports which, of course, will take another few weeks to obtain.

In one ear, I hear their mother questioning why I won't take them back immediately (before the new school year starts) and in the other, I hear my daughter telling me she wants to leave Brazil right away (I'm not sure what my son wants). So after waiting over 7 years for my children's return, now that their mother WANTS to return them, I must wait another few months to clear the obstacles that Brazil is placing on their return. Hopefully, by the time these new obstacles are overcome, their mother will not have changed her mind.

LBPOP:
Wow! That's Great News out of the blue. I hope and pray things work out as soon as possible. :)

rmakielski:
I watched this Webnr Tuesday.

Introduction to the Cross Border Family Mediation: Guide to Good Practice under the Child Abduction Convention Presented by Maureen Dabbagh
http://www.adrhub.com/forum/topics/adrhub-com-webinar-aug-2013-introduction-to-cross-border-family-m


You may find some information helpful.

I wish you the best of luck

tweinstein:
Thanks. I watched it, but it seems most appropriate for general audiences and not someone who has been in the thick of it for many years. Also, the audio quality was extremely poor, rendering it difficult to hear at many times.
--- Quote from: rmakielski on August 23, 2013, 11:38:56 AM ---I watched this Webnr Tuesday.

Introduction to the Cross Border Family Mediation: Guide to Good Practice under the Child Abduction Convention Presented by Maureen Dabbagh
http://www.adrhub.com/forum/topics/adrhub-com-webinar-aug-2013-introduction-to-cross-border-family-m


You may find some information helpful.

I wish you the best of luck

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luvthelake:
I will send prayers that your kids will get to come home soon,

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