Author Archives: Elizabeth Rosar Chermack

Our Adoption Story – part 6 – Finalization Day

December 21, 2012, will forever be a special day in our house. That was the day that S&J’s adoption finalized in Court. What else was significant about that day? Well, the world didn’t end (all of the “world ending” rumors remind … Continue reading

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Our Adoption Story – part 5 – The Road to Finalization

After S&J were officially placed with us for adoption, we did not get to immediately finalize the adoption in court. Instead, we needed to wait until they had lived in our house for at least 3 months, pursuant to Minn. … Continue reading

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Yesterday I wept in my daughters’ therapist’s office

Sidenote: I still have not finished up our Adoption Story blog post series; there are 2 more posts left for me to draft and post. Life has been crazy in our household lately and when I haven’t been working or … Continue reading

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Our Adoption Story – Part 4 – transition period to placement

After we met S & J for the first time, we spent about 3 weeks doing “transition visits” with them. We would spend a day with them on the weekend and another weeknight with them. Then we had our first … Continue reading

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Our Adoption Story – Part 3 – The First Time We Met

Here are links to Part 1 and Part 2 S & J found out about us (and got their photo albums from us) on April 30 or May 1. Eric and I didn’t know what the girls thought – or … Continue reading

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Our Adoption Story – Part 2 – home study through the matching process

If you haven’t already read Part 1, here is where you can find it. In June or July of 2011, we started the home study process. We had 3 or 4 meetings with our social worker at CHSFS in St. … Continue reading

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Our Adoption Story – Part 1 – the “beginning” through the application process

I always thought that I would want to adopt one day. When Eric and I were first dating, I made sure that he was on the same page and was “okay” with the idea of adopting. About one year after … Continue reading

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Difficulty of Care (DOC) payments in Minnesota

In a previous post I discussed receiving foster care payments as a part of the process of adopting through the Minnesota Waiting Children program. One part of the foster care payment is the Difficulty of Care (DOC) payment. Minnesota Administrative … Continue reading

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Minnesota Waiting Children Program and Foster Care Payments

If you decide to pursue adoption through the Minnesota Waiting Children program, you will (from a legal standpoint) be considered the child’s foster parent (or “pre-adoptive foster parent”) when the child is placed with you. From the time that the … Continue reading

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My Favorite Adoption-Related Books and Blogs

The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog, by Bruce Perry, cemented my decision to adopt children through the Minnesota Waiting Children Program. This book had several case studies about Mr. Perry’s work with children who have experienced neglect, abuse, … Continue reading

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