Sunday, July 02, 2006

Whole-y Cow

On Friday, we got a fax from the adoption agency doing the homestudy for Cait's second-parent adoption. A draft of the homestudy is ready, and they sent us a review copy. It seems pretty standard (once you get past the ridiculous premise that Cait needs to adopt her own child, of course) with a lot of cookie-cutter language. One section describes our neighborhood and the community environs, reading in part "a farmer's market, and a Whole Foods* Grocery Store are [nearby]." This was the ONLY entity identified by name in the ENTIRE report.

Yes, folks, we're Yuppie enough to adopt a kid.

*emphasis mine


  • That's hilarious

    By Blogger Brooke, at 10:36 PM  

  • Well, yuppie or not, I'm glad things are getting underway. Hope the 3 of you are well.

    By Blogger lagiulia, at 8:27 AM  

  • hahahahahaha

    By Blogger Shelli, at 7:20 AM  

  • Be happy they sent you a review copy!

    We just got our copy in the mail -- after the adoption was finalized! We haven't counted the number of errors or bizarrely quotation-marked comments yet, but my guess is ~15 of each. They didn't even get the address right!

    Actually, I guess I should be glad they didn't send us a review copy, because we would have flipped out if we'd seen it in advance, and clearly, the errors weren't important to the judge.

    By Anonymous Liza, at 10:09 AM  

  • That's good to know, because the quality of the writing on this thing leaves quite a bit to be desired. I'm just trying to go through it for factual errors and trying, trying, trying to ignore the writing that makes me cringe.

    By Blogger Cait, at 11:20 AM  

  • heh. Don't even get me started on the quality of the writing.

    Most bizarre, our lawyer made us hire a lawyer to do the homestudy -- it cost us $500! For that much, I was horrified by the quality of the writing, to say nothing of all of the errors. I would expect this quality of writing from first year college students with poor high school English classes.

    By Anonymous Liza, at 9:49 AM  

  • We had to hire a social worker for over twice that. Even better, she gets to come back to do 3 post-placement visits after the adoption. there any point in telling them that there was NO PLACEMENT?!?!? I'm glad that I CAN adopt Natalie, but the whole process is just so stupid.

    By Blogger Cait, at 11:11 AM  

  • Thank god we didn't have to do any "post-placement" visits. I'm sorry yours is so insanely expensive. We're mad b/c we found out that a non-lawyer friend of ours could have done the home study and would have charged us a lot less. (Plus she wouldn't have submitted her report with errors, although I have no idea whether or not she's a good writer.)

    The whole thing is complete BS discrimination. :( How wrong is it that we're thrilled to get to participate in it because the only other option is worse discrimination?

    By Anonymous Liza, at 4:48 PM  

  • ha!
    but hurrah for progress!!

    By Blogger Calliope, at 7:33 PM  

  • Just for shits and giggles, I counted the errors in our home study report.

    There were six substantive mistakes (including the address!), 17 inappropriate uses of quotation marks, and two sentences ending in prepositions.

    Cait, how about yours?

    By Anonymous Liza, at 9:55 PM  

  • On the thread of gay adoption, there is good news this month from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The group just released a report "examining the effects of marriage, civil union, and domestic partnership statutes and amendments on the legal, financial, and psychosocial health and well-being of children whose parents are gay or lesbian."

    The AAP report lists many, many ways that children are harmed by the civil unions and marriage bans being passed by so many states in the last few years.

    Up here in Wisconsin we're building a statewide organization to defeat a civil unions and marriage ban. We could be the first state to succeed. My hope is that once the marriage ban is defeated we can go on to do the positive work of getting equal marriage rights in our state and our country.

    The movement could really use the support of bloggers and people outside Wisconsin to spread the word in all communities.

    The organization is: Fair Wisconsin.

    News of our activities is posted at this blog: No On the Amendment


    By Blogger Jay, at 11:17 PM  

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