Today, we drove to Birmingham, to attend a seminar at the University of Alabama's International Adoption Clinic. We took along my parents, and Jonathan's mom, and spent the day hearing about medical issues, bonding and attachment, language and development. There were people there from several states who were adopting from various countries - China, Ethiopia, Vietnam and Russia among them. I really wanted our parents to hear first hand the issues we might deal with and the special circumstances of adopting a child from another country - one who has likely spent time in an orphanage, or in foster care. The seminar was very informative and the staff at the UAB Clinic are wonderful...passionate about what they do and committed to making the lives of children, many of whom have had tough beginnings, more stable and fulfilling - not to mention, they have all adopted children themselves! If you have a clinic like this in your area and are considering adoption, or waiting, I highly recommend attending a seminar, getting a pre-adoption evaluation and making an appointment when you are home. They have insight and understanding into our children in ways that most Pediatricians, Family and Occupational Therapists do not. They also offer services while you are traveling and knowing that we can call them when we are in China, with any questions or concerns, is a huge comfort.