(Originally posted for date 2007-11-30 as /archives/124)
I adopted my wonderful daughter Gershwin Rose Santo Kile (f/k/a Malahat Huseynova) on 2007-11-30. Kay had adopted her from an Azerbaijani (Azeri) orphanage five years ago. I would have legally remained Gershwin’s stepfather without this adoption. Our judge was Judge Frank J. Yeoman Junior.
I couldn’t adopt Gershwin when Kay and I married. I had to wait a year (that’s Kansas Law), even though:
- There is no “real” father (Gershwin was abandoned).
- Kay was single when she adopted Gershwin, so there wasn’t even a “real” stepfather.
Ironically, the Azerbaijani bureaucracy demanded that a father’s name be put on the birth certificate, even though their government provided the proof that there was no father. In the eyes of these post-Soviet bureaucrats — this isn’t lying — it’s filling out the form correctly. Kay put “Santo Kile” in the blank. I would have been tempted to write “Not Applicable”, because the clerks didn’t read English anyway.
In any case, Gershwin’s middle names became “Rose Santo”, and her last name became “Kile”, when Kay’s adoption was complete.
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