Last night we had our finger.painting, er umm... printing, done.
I've had to have fingerprints done quite a few times in my life (no I am not some sort of criminal that gets arrested on the regular - first of all if that were the case I wouldn't be in the field I am in, and secondly there'd be no way we'd be doing foster care). I've had them done mainly for jobs well actually always for jobs. First when I worked at a casino, then for a daycare, then the banks... The first time I had them done it was with blank ink that I swear took a week to get off my hands, it was awful... and worse I swear the guy doing the prints was trying to create a Rorschach (you know those pictures of ink spots that you're supposed to figure out what the picture is of) with my prints. And more recently its been with this purple ink that supposedly doesn't stain (yah, okay), and yesterday it was with water.
Yes, you read that right.. W.A.T.E.R. The "fingerprint specialist" (yes, this is the actual job title) sprayed water on our hands and fingers and placed them on a scanner. She took an image of our fingers, thumbs, then she rolled each finger. It was actually kinda cool, the software used for the fingerprinting actually scores the image (the goal is a 75 for readability, but she said she aims for a 100... although she's only ever gotten a 99 for a "high score"). For whatever reason both of us had an issue with our pinky fingers, when she rolled them.. the score showed like a 99 or 97 and the system kept saying to "reject" them. She ended up overriding the system because she said they were "perfect" prints. The process itself was pretty quick, I think for the both of us maybe 20 minutes?!
We still have a few more things to do, prior to the final homestudy on Saturday... we need a carbon monoxide detector, have to finish filling out our application, I still need to submit our medical authorization to our doctor (I've been busy at work, hence writing this blog at 9:30 pm), yada, yada... but it'll all get done.
On a side note, my friend over at Quaken Baby, is also going through Foster Care/Adoption and just completed her P.R.I.D.E. Training - CONGRATS!! She also found this great podcast website all about Foster Care called Foster Parenting Podcast, they have been featuring a couple, from Mick-i-gin (like my husband and I... well we aren't FROM Mick-i-gin.. we do live here though), named D&K (for short) that completed their home study in December of 2009. Please check out both these sites.. I know that you'll enjoy them, as much as I do!!