Adoption Adventures

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Hello, Stranger

on April 4, 2012

After years of talking about adopting and learning more about foster care adoption, many months of paperwork and background checks, and weeks of parent training, we got to spend a day with a real, live kiddo who’s looking for a family this weekend. We went to the local natural science center in the morning, called a meeting of Pizza Club for lunch, walked around the neighborhood, and played some football in the afternoon. It was awesome and it was weird.



There really aren’t other times that a grownup or two hangs out with a single child with absolutely no relation to them. Not a relative or neighbor, not your child’s friend or one of several children in a class or scout troop. Just a random child who knows nothing about you, although you know many personal details about her or him. And it’s all under the guise of babysitting to give their foster parents a little time off, because telling a kid that s/he’s on some kind of interview would only make things weirder.


Despite the odd setup and some lulls in the conversation, we had fun and were totally exhausted by the day’s end. Some non-identifying highlights from the day include:

  • The child repeatedly saying “daaaaaang” under his (ok–the kid’s a he) breath when we got nose-to-nose with giant tortoises at the science center
  • The rocks & minerals section of the science center being referred to as his “favorite part”
  • His spot-on guinea pig impersonation
  • His desire to throw the football with Cory for an hour even though football is not at all Cory’s strong suit (which he’ll tell you himself)
  • His gentleness with the cats, who sweetly put up with being meowed at by a small human for long stretches of time

We had fun, he had fun, and we’ll see where it goes from here. As with everything in the world of foster care, situations and circumstances can change rapidly so we’re trying not to get our hopes up (or freak out at the thought of having a kid all of the sudden, for that matter). As always, we’re taking it day by day. And Saturday was certainly a good day!

5 Responses to “Hello, Stranger”

  1. Laurel Shire says:

    This is so exciting! I hope that things continue to go well in your search for your future kid!

  2. woodie says:

    Sounds like a fun kid, no matter what happens next. I know the feeling of exhaustion from hanging out with a 15 yr old, I’m betting this was about 5x more exhausting. I’m happy it was a good day!

  3. Shawn Long says:

    Oh, Rebecca, that is so awesome! I will always remember the first day we got to spend with Kid. Very exciting!

  4. Sarah says:

    So glad to hear it. I was thinking of you and wondering how it went.

  5. Leah says:

    Daaannnnggg! keeping my fingers crossed and holding my breath (metaphorically speaking, not literally) for a good outcome.

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