Thursday, July 19, 2007


Orphan Petition

Just a brief adoption update. Our home study is done, and today we are mailing in the ominous sounding Application for Advance Processing of Orphan Petition -- with our check made out to "The Department of Homeland Security." This includes a "biometrics fee" for, yes, a third set of fingerprints. Getting closer...!

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Thursday, April 26, 2007


Home Sweet Homestudy

Adoption update for those following along at home: Our adoption counselor came for the home visit today, ascertained we had one, and is now writing up our homestudy. Then, we fill out yet another government form, get fingerprinted a third time (don't ask), and wait.

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Sunday, March 18, 2007


Adoption With Class

We spent a lovely St. Patrick's day yesterday at an all-day international adoption seminar, which is a requirement both of our agency and for foster care licensing for this purpose in Illinois. If you should ever have occasion to attend one of these things, be prepared for people to bandy about scary terms like "attachment disorder" and "failure to thrive." We were heartened again, however, by the parent panel at the end of the day, complete with cute babies and toddlers galore -- all of whom looked fairly attached and thriving to us!


Wednesday, February 07, 2007


All Quiet on the Adoption Front

So, an update. We're just chugging along with all the preliminaries, which include exciting tasks like taking the cats to the vet and proving their rabies shots are up-to-date, getting physicals, getting our water quality report from the water department, and filling out more mounds of paperwork. (This is much more complicated than the first time!) We're meeting with our adoption counselor again in a couple of weeks.

If you want to skip to the end, check out this blog by someone who's adopting through the same agency we are and is currently in Korea picking up her new son. (Cute photo warning...!)

I might as well throw all the personal stuff in one post -- Lieutenant Dan shipped out Monday, and e-mailed briefly from Kuwait yesterday. He'll hopefully be stable and set up in a couple weeks with Internet access on his laptop so that we can Skype.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2007


Lieutenant Dan

Daniel and Jake
Originally uploaded by lib_rachel.

So, one of the reasons that we chose South Korea is that one of my brothers is Korean. Lieutenant Dan is heading to Iraq in a couple of weeks, so those of you who keep people in your thoughts and prayers... add him on in.

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Tuesday, January 09, 2007


Excellent Adventure

One reason I've posted fewer Deep Professional Thoughts lately is that I've been a bit distracted by a new adventure. In December, we started the process of adopting our second child, from South Korea -- and an excellent adventure it's been so far. (Today, for example, I got to stand in line at the scary school bus depot for 45 minutes to get fingerprinted -- for the second time, for the second separate background check. You think libraries have rules and forms...)

I have been dithering about posting this here, leaving it alone, or starting a separate adoption blog to chronicle the process. After some thought, though, plus a total inability to remember which of my libraryland colleagues know about our adventure and which don't, I figured a random announcement was the best way to go.

We're just at the beginning stages of a lengthy process, but I'll probably post random updates as we go along. Be forewarned, you may also see cute baby pictures show up here sometime in the future...