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Adoption Journey: The End or Beginning?

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In part 1 of the final episode of Tracy's adoption journey, she discovers that what she was looking for might have been right in her backyard all along.

adoption journey tracy mauzer

September 27 (continued from last week)

The "Latino Fiesta" is contained in an area about the size of a little league baseball field with a DJ under a tent in the center. There are cheerful volunteers everywhere, carnival games set up around the perimeter, a gigantic prize table, and the longest buffet setup I've ever seen. I see foster kids everywhere (ages probably 3-13) and there are more pouring in. Each is accompanied by what appears to be a social worker. A Polaroid captures their little faces and they are given one to keep. Later I learn the other will be displayed for us as the fiesta winds down.

John and I take a collective deep breath and check in as newly certified foster parents. All of us are looking to adopt. We're told we can easily identify whether or not a child is part of a sibling group by their name tags: A green sparkly tag in the shape of a star means there's more in their family, and the number underneath their name tells us how many. A yellow sparkly tag means he or she is an only child. Then we're given a sheet of paper to turn in before we leave. It's numbered 1-10, and we're asked to mark down any children we'd like to learn more about. We can find their pictures on a board by the entrance. Eeeeek! That feels weird, uncouth, and at the same time, necessary.

I immediately scope the field like a vulture in search of fresh meat -- tacky, I know, but my kid could be out there! I swoop in on what appears to be the only yellow-starred young girl on the field. This is our child -- my brain squeaks. I've left John in the dust and am fully engaged in a DJ-driven, modernized game of team musical chairs. Volunteers buzz around matching up kids with adults, but I already snagged my own. Her glittery star says "Angela." She's about 5 years old. I tell her that if she sticks with me, we'll win. We do. Immediately after, a couple comes up to say hi to her, and I hand Angela off as though we were only momentary partners in a square dance.

What happens? Check back this afternoon for the final step in this journey.

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8 comments so far | Post a comment now
KW May 21, 2009, 7:55 AM

I got up early this morning to check the final episode and - TO BE CONTINUED??? I can’t wait to see the end!!!

Sara May 21, 2009, 11:43 AM

You’re leaving the story THERE???? COME ON!!! I want to know what happens!!!!! :) :) Hurry up and finish the story please! :)

v May 21, 2009, 12:26 PM

My heart is rooting for you guys!!! Every Thursday I can’t wait to see if this week you will find your child. My heart broke each time the story ended without you finding your little girl. This week, even though it may sound really lame because I don’t know you at all, I have a tiny tear in my eye. I hope this is it!!

Sara Jane May 21, 2009, 1:20 PM

I had to check in at work before I leave. What is going to happen?!

Anonymous May 21, 2009, 10:37 PM

Okay! I know how this ends but want to read your final journey again. Don’t you know these poor gals are waiting for the happy ending?

Stella  May 22, 2009, 8:52 AM

we may be writing to the converted here, but anyway, please see the link >

http://about-orphans.blogspot.com

Anonymous May 23, 2009, 10:37 PM

Did I miss the conclusion? This is getting a bit ridiculous! Just put the story all together!

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