Megan, Tim, and I met a couple of weeks before Conner’s custody for a cup of coffee. We’re all coffee snobs, so getting to know each other over a fine cup and a chat about the ins and outs of life in Korea was great fun. Each custody session I take part in is something I approach with a mixture of trepidation and anticipation. Every family has a unique story that needs to be told, and we have very little time to do it in. It is always great to get to know the family beforehand.
As with all adoptions, Megan and Tim had plenty of questions about just how things go during custody and my experiences with families afterwards. Having worked with almost 100 families during their adoptions at this point, I have been a part of so many different stories and was able to share a few of these with them before the big day.
On the day, Conner arrived with his foster-mother and we were quickly hustled into our meeting room to ask final questions and have a short play session before jumping in the van and speeding down the rainy highway home. Having worked with Conner’s foster-mother before, I had a good idea of what to expect from the session. She is an exceptional woman who raises polite and caring children with so much love and care. Conner was no exception to this. To all present, he was open and loving. Megan and Tim are so lucky to have such a loving woman being a part of their son’s life.
As we stepped into the hotel room, Conner’s interest was peaked and we spent the next hour or so playing in the room together with the array of toys that had been laid out for him. The cloudy afternoon provided a beautifully soft window light for our session. With all the love flying around, it was tough to leave, but I had another session to be at and had to tear myself away. Check out some of our fun below.