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Referral Received! Travel Dates to come...

We recently received our referral for sibling boys from the Tver Region…..anyone have experiences or advice for travel, court, etc…..any help would be great!


How old are they?
Take plenty of pictures of the orphanage and the people who cared for the boys. Ask questions, it is the only chance to talk to people who cared for them. Learn simple phrases in Russian (depending on their age) like do you have to go to the bathroom? Are you thirsty? Tired?hungry?

Posted by Regina on Jan 02, 2012 at 9:29pm


My best advice is, unless you are used to authentic Russian cuisine, pack some snacks that would travel well. I lost 20 pounds on my 2nd trip (almost 4 weeks) because I couldn’t adjust.

Posted by adventurer on Jan 06, 2012 at 9:49pm

You are ready for this book by Patty Cogen Raising your Internationally Adopted child.  It is a must have if you haven’t got it already.  Also I have heard to pack light-lots of rough roads and stairs there.  For final pick up of children, get backpacks for easier transporting and doubles as highchair too.  Consider renting apartment instead of hotel, that would allow you to cook too.  Rent a phone from Russia, cheaper.  Good luck!  We are headed that way soon hopefully-final home study waiting…..

Posted by Travelnchic on Apr 16, 2012 at 5:51am

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