Friday, January 22, 2010

Let the Paperwork Begin!

It's been a busy week and we are just getting started.

1/19 Picked up birth certificates and marriage license in Orange County
1/20 Went to Los Angeles to pick up birth certificates, but no... I was told they will send them out and I should receive them in 20 days... NO!!!!! It seems that if you were born before 1965 they have to go on an archeological dig through their archives. I explained the situation and was able to fill out an emergency form and was told to come back the following day.
1/21 Back to Los Angeles to pick up ancient birth certificates
1/21 Received our homestudy packet in the mail
1/22 First of four physical's completed

The agency doing our homestudy and has required reading. Three are mandatory:

• The Connected Child by Dr. Karyn Purvis, and Dr. David Cross
• Parenting with Love and Logic: Teaching Children Responsibility, by Foster Cline MD
• Raising Adopted Children: Practical Reassuring Advice for Every Adoptive Parent, by Lois Ruskai Melina

We need to read at least two other books from the list below, so I hope to figure out which two to chose (they all sound good - I'll probably read them all). Any suggestions/recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

• Adopting the Hurt Child, by Keck & Kupecky
• Attaching in Adoption, by Deborah Gray
• Beyond Consequences, Logic and Control, by Heather Forbes
• Helping Children Cope With Separation and Loss, by Claudia Jewett
• Parenting From the Inside Out, by Daniel Siegel
• Parenting the Hurt Child, by Keck & Kupecky
• Touchpoints: Your Child's Emotional and Behavioral Development, by T. Berry Brazelton
• Toddler Adoption, the Weaver's Craft, by Mary Hopkins-Best
• With Eyes Wide Open: A Workbook for Parents Adopting International Children Over Age One, by Margi Miller and Nancy Ward

We will be spending this weekend reading The Connected Child to get started.


Sherry White said...

Sounds like you're off to a great start! Praying everything rolls along smoothly for you guys. I LOVE that button, btw! Who made that?? Very pretty indeed!

Kristin Ferguson said...

Alyona has a special place in my heart since our initial inquiry with Reece's Rainbow was about her and baby Joy in the same orphanage. We were hoping to adopt both girls but since I'm 46, I wasn't able to adopt Joy. That gave us time to pause and seek God (again) for clarity on WHO he wanted to be part of our family. In the midst of praying, Andrea told me that another family was ready to commit to Alyona. I knew God closed that door for a reason and so now I'm thrilled to "meet" her new family. We are now in process for adopting Nadia (20). Who knows, we may be travelling at the same time!!! My blog is


babyarnie said...

With eyes wide open was GREAT!!
Didn't Like "Toddler Adoption-The Weaver's craft."- It came across very negative to me. Just a thought. Congrats on the new journey... it's an exciting ride but Oh so worth it.

Adopted Laurel off RR 9/09

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April said...

I love our button too!

Lu at The Poppies' Blog ( created it for us. It sounds like she designs a lot of buttons and blogs for those of us who found our little angels through Reece's Rainbow.

Thanks again Lu!