On Friday we were scheduled to take adoption classes through LDS Family Services. They were suppose to start at 8 am and go till 4 pm (AKST). It was really just a meeting for new adoptive parents in Seattle that we got to listen in on. The information provided was good stuff, however, we weren’t able to listen to the whole training because our LDS Family Services social worker came to Togiak to do our home visit. He was an elderly gentlemen who had worked for LDS Family Services for about 31 years. He retired, served two proselyting missions, and now is serving an LDS Family Service Mission in Anchorage. Really nice guy, however, it was his first visit to a village and definitely didn’t come prepared. He arrived with only a warm coat and some gloves. Luckily, the airline agent was nice enough to give him a ride in his truck to our apartment, because it would have been a very cold ride up the hill on our four wheeler.
The Home Visit was actually quite short. He came in and chatted with us for a while, asked us if we had any questions (which any questions we had were already answered in the training meeting that morning), and then proceeded to take pictures of our apartment. We didn’t really know what he wanted to do. I think he was simply excited to be here. So, we bundled him up and took him on a four wheeler ride down to the post office and grocery store. It was apparent after a while that he was not accustomed to four-wheeler travel. We took him to his apartment (the school visitor apartment) and let him get ready for the night. That was pretty much our visit. It last all of 2-3 hours or semi-awkwardness and 20 minutes of questioning.