My brother and sister-in-law, Mr. Uncie and Knobbleknees, aren't the only ones to add to the grandchildren collection. Meet Mr. Cranky Pants (pictured in between Gooey and his sister Jelly Bean). Born in late-June, my brother and sister-in-law, St. Jon and Strawberry Fields (who live in West Allis) completed the adoption process of Mr. Cranky Pants this morning.
That brings the toll to nine grandchildren, four of which have piled into the family in the last two-plus years.
Both of St. Jon's children being adopted, after first being placed as foster children, proves the system can work - provided the biological families don't gum up the works. It still isn't the greatest system (previously, St. Jon and Strawberry Fields attempted to adopt Jelly Bean's half-sister, but a shirt-tail uncle got in the way and derailed that process) but in this case, the county got it right.