For those of you that aren't too familiar with the adoption process, a lot of it is proving you have a clean record. We completed 2 extensive background checks about a year ago - one being the Adam Walsh background study. On Friday we learned our Adam Walsh study is about to expire so that means another $140 to have it renewed. At least this one is online only. No trips to the county jail to get fingerprinted.
Which reminds me of a good story. It was a little over a year ago that Paul and I went to get fingerprinted for the first time. Regardless if you need fingerprints for adoption, a security designation or a criminal offense, the place to get this done is at the Steele County Jail. I am proud to announce neither Paul nor myself had any idea of what to expect inside the facility. And FYI - for anyone that needs to get fingerprinted, when you first walk into the jail and see no one, please don't assume you aren't being watched! It took us a little while to realize why the room was full of mirrors. Oops. Oh well.
Another helpful "fingerprint" tip - don't ask the on duty officer a lot of questions. Don't ask things like, "How many beds ya got here?" or "How long can people stay here?" or "What happens when you run out of beds?" or "How much free time to the inmates get each day?" And if you do, expect a short answer (with a hint of annoyance accompanying the response).
Third, don't touch the large red button labeled, "LOCK DOWN." I refrained this time, but sure was tempted! :)
Here's to only going back the Steele Country Jail when we start adoption #2.