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.