It’s been more than a month since we updated you last on our adoption process. That’s not because we haven’t been working; in fact, it’s quite the opposite. The last 45 days are so have involved a flurry of activity.
The Good News
So, here’s a quick update on what we’ve been up to:
- We’ve been getting educated.
- Part of the Hague Convention was a requirement that couples receive some education, both about the country that they’re adopting from and about transracial parenting and parenting in general. The classes have been really wonderful so far; they’ve provoked Amy and I into several pretty in-depth conversations.
- As part of the education process, we need to complete an essay that demonstrates our knowledge of [Home Country]. As part of the research process, I’ve been reading several interesting books. My favorite so far is King Leopold’s Ghost by Adam Hochschild—well worth the read if you have any interest in Central Africa or in the colonial period.
It may seem silly, but the biggest reason that we haven’t updated the blog is because last time that I wrote, I promised not to write about fingerprints anymore. And our flurry of activity has been, almost (but not quite) all about fingerprints.
But the fingerprinting appears to be done for now. We’ve crossed most of the initial, pre-referral hurdles and our information is now on file in the embassy in [Home Country]; we’re officially eligible for a child. We’re full of anticipation-this is the most pregnant, the most expectant, that we’ve felt in this process.