A major step is completed. There are 2 judgments in Congolese adoption and we recently got word that our kids' case was heard in court (which we reported in June) and our first judgment was successfully served! This judgment declares that N and A are in fact legal orphans and we can therefore move on toward the actual adoption hearing.
Both of the judgments are followed by a mandatory 30 day waiting period. We are currently about one week into our first 30 day waiting period. This first waiting period is to allow for any remaining living relatives to step forward and claim them. At the end of the 30 days, if no other family claims them, we wait to receive a Certificate of No Appeal. Once that certificate comes, we file for their first ever birth certificates to be drafted up for the hearing (they aren't typically born in hospitals and they rarely issue birth certificates). Once we receive both documents, we file for THE adoption hearing! We don't really know how long either of those documents takes to process but we will keep you updated. Our 30 day waiting period is over after the first week of August.