Here’s my conversation with K.B. I jokingly refer to her as the fish sauce social worker here because she LOVES the stuff. The last two times my daughter Olive and I joined her for lunch at Thanh Do in St. Louis Park, MN, she ordered pho and proceeded to douse the soup with an obscene amount of some strong smelling fish sauce. It was pretty amazing to watch. Apparently she does this at home all of the time. Seriously. Her poor family…
Moving on, I’ve known K.B. for awhile now. I’ve grown to admire her down-to-earth demeanor, wicked sense of humor, and insightful ideas about adoption. It really is too bad she wasn’t snatched up by an adoption agency when it had the chance. She would have been a first rate adoption supervisor.
Land of Gazillion Adoptees: How’s it going? How long have we known each other? It’s been awhile, but I can’t remember when I met you.
K.B.: All I can say about how it’s going right now is that I’m really looking forward to U2 at TCF Bank Stadium in July.
You and I have known each other since Fall 2002, I believe. We met when I interviewed YOU for my graduate research about transracial adoption and identity formation. I’ll never forget the story you told – partly because in the moment it made me cry, and later because I had to transcribe it. Then for some reason you got me involved in a bunch of stuff (every time I see Neal Justin’s mug in the Strib, I remember that craptastic story he wrote about us) and we became friends.
Land of Gazillion Adoptees: It truly was craptastic… So, you’re doing some heady and important work. Could you talk about your current line of employment?
K.B.: I am working as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker for an incredible agency that treats eating disorders. I provide case management, therapy, and crisis support.
Land of Gazillion Adoptees: What’s the most rewarding and difficult part of you job?
K.B.: It’s incredibly rewarding to be working for an agency where respect, care, and compassion are reflected and practiced on all levels. The most challenging aspect of my job is knowing how many people continue to suffer, and that there’s no quick fix. We are all connected, and I’m reminded of that every day.
Land of Gazillion Adoptees: Any advice for younger adoptees who are working on their undergrad and thinking about a career in your field of expertise?
K.B.: If you are interested in pursuing a career in social work, choose your internships wisely!