September 30th, 2010

  • tamry

cross-dimensional adoption logistics

Googled: social security number, birth certificate, where are birth certificates kept, vital records, general practitioner birth certificate. Also looked through the adoption tag here.

I have a couple who have recently acquired a two-year-old boy who has absolutely no records whatsoever because he is from another dimension. For a long list of reasons, they have decided to keep him as their own (orphan, do not want him loose in the system and potentially adopted by somebody else, and sending him back would cause a bad situation). What would be the easiest/most legal way for them to arrange to get him all the things he needs to be a functioning US citizen when older? From what I can tell, faking an actual adoption would be more trouble than it's worth, so they would probably just want to say the kid is biologically theirs.

The couple already has a three-year-old daughter, and the woman is about a month pregnant. She can fake just about any documents and potentially sneak into anywhere they need, but would rather get as much of it done legally as possible. The husband has an older sister who has a medical license, but she would still have been a year shy of finishing her internship/residency to become a general practitioner at the time the boy would have supposedly been born.

I'm mostly looking for the paperwork end of things, because socially none of their friends are going to question "Look we adopted a kid :D".

Setting is eastern Kansas (subject to change), United States, December 2008.
Watchmen | you are life

Availability of apple cider in alternate universe with some similarity to the American Great Plains

I'm writing a story, very soft sci-fi (the "magitech" kind, actually sort of blurring the lines between sci-fi and fantasy). Day-to-day life, however, is pretty well comparable to modern-day. The actual story is set in an area loosely based off of New England, a former home of mine, and is therefore populated with things like brilliant foliage and apple cider. However, one character  is from the "Central Continent", which is fairly ill-defined as yet. It's large very large, very, very flat, and grassland (or was, but there's a honking great city in the middle of it, approximately equivalent to LA and Washington, D.C. squished together with shades of NYC... so not so much grassland right there). It's first-world, highly developed, and the reigning country is one of the world's largest and most powerful. I figured that this sounded fairly analogous to the general Great Plains area (other than the massive city), although I'm not sure.

All of this gets me to the point of the question: In this very urban area, where apples have never been a huge crop, would apple cider be a particularly common thing? Allow me to stress that I mean apple cider, not apple juice; cider is opaque, unstrained, and unpasteurized. I'd assume it could be found if someone went looking, but is it reasonable that a twenty-something woman, unadventurous in her food choices, might never have encountered apple cider?

Searches: Areas where apple cider is common, apples grown in the Midwest, apple growing states, apple cider Midwest, apple growing great plains, history of apple growing great plains
Also: Checked Wikipedia's article on apple cider. This allowed me to articulate the distinction between cider and juice, but was otherwise unhelpful.

(Yes, I know that the Great Plains and the Midwest are different areas, by the way. Preparing this post lead to some significant refinement of the city's concept.)
Gaila is Smarter Than You

Resources: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Here are several links to resources I've found helpful:

teleens_journal 's rant about PTSD with several further links
rachelmanija 's user's guide to PTSD also with more links
Helping A Family Member Who Has PTSD from the US Department of Veteran Affairs
PTSD Index from NIMH
PTSD User Manual for military veterans
About PTSD
Mayo Clinic's say on PTSD