In the blog of 26/3, I wrote that Charles had to appear before the Judge in court. That time it was in Mbale. His adoption parents came all the way from Alabama (USA) to get to know him and to appear with him. It went totally wrong, the judge had changed his programme and we were all there for nothing. The lawyers decided to bring it to Kampala, and today was the big day! Simon, Charles and me from Soroti, together with the grandfather of Charles came from Soroti, the adoption father came again from the USA. I decided to combine this with the hospital check up from Sarah in the heart institute, Catherine came along , Mary came along to help with Charles and Helen didn't want to be the only one to stay in Amecet, so we had a car full!
We all met, together with the lawyers in a waiting room near the children court. We had to be there at 12 noon, we spend one hour, trying to get a parking place, then we heard that we had to be there at 2 pm, so at 2 we had the same problem, no parking place, after a half hour we had luck and we walked to the place. We waited and waited and waited......at 6.30 pm it was our turn. I carried Charles, who was not at his best after so long waiting, he was hungry and thirsty and cranky!! As soon as we came into the room of the Magistrate, he started to make noise. That room was very quiet, you only talk when something is asked from you, to me it was quite intimidated. The poor adoption father was quite nervous. Lots of question were asked to the grandfather. I went in and out with Charles, at the end I had him sleeping, but when I came back into the room, he started directly to cry, and those who know Charles, know that is not a soft cry!! After a while, I just stayed out, in the waiting room, where my 4 girls were waiting. At 7.30 pm they came out, happy that it was done and with good hope for next week, when the ruling will be given!
Here are they coming out of the court room, at the back the two lawyers.
The proud adoption father with Charles, happy and with good hope that everything will go well.
And we went first to find a place where we could eat and we brought out a toast on Charles, he was also very thirsty, as you can see on the picture!
Tomorrow at 7 am to Mulago hospital and hopefully, after that, then on our way back to Soroti!