Friday, May 25, 2007
Today we went to the American Consulate in Amsterdam to do our fingerprints for the FBI. This is a pic of me holding up the photocopies. The originals are sealed in an 'official' envelope which will be submitted with our CIS application. After going through security and checking in, we were taken by a very friendly guard to the 'old' front entrance of the Consulate building, which is actually a big, beautiful brick house (surrounded by state of the art security and barbed wire). The gentleman who did our prints was equally as nice and they both congratulated us and wished us luck.
We then met Gail, the director of our adoption agency in the US who happened to be in Den Haag (the Hague) for a conference on Children's Rights. We met at her nephew and his partner's home and were able to ask more questions about the process, about Vietnam, the care of the babies at the orphanages, humanatarian projects her agency is involved with (and where some of our money will go), etc. It was great to be able to meet her in person finally.
A shout out to Mum and Daddy-O for getting my Philadelphia Child Abuse Clearance delivered to the Netherlands. We got it today! Woo-Hoo! This will be added to our growing collection of Police background checks from Pennsylvania and The Netherlands. In case any of you were wondering: Hans and I are not shady folks!
Thanks for all of the lovely comments and emails we have received. It means alot and we love you, too!