One of the requirements for adoption through our agency is that we take a parenting class. We needed to either have it done or be registered in one prior to dossier submission. I had a little trouble finding a class that would work for us--it was either newborn care or a series of classes for troubled families. We chose newborn care, and our agency approved, even though Magnolia will not be a newborn when we bring her home. The class was fine, but we both felt that we learned a lot more from the DVD series and the other exercises we've done. Aside from the latest info on SIDS, there wasn't a lot that was new to me. And that's okay. We did get to play with fake babies, and since no one else in our class was adopting internationally, let alone from Ethiopia, I was able to snag the only fake baby that was not pasty pale or very slightly tan. It was nice not to have to fight over the cutest baby doll in the box. It might have come to fisticuffs; instead it just came to silliness.
We kind of look alike, don't we? Clearly this was meant to be.