Exonical Jan 17 @ 6:35pm
i've killed grelod the kind, but how long must i wait before constance stops running
so i can talk to her and adopt a child?
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Gropax Jan 17 @ 6:37pm 
you can adopt a child if you find one on the streets and bypass the orphanage
CAP Jan 17 @ 6:40pm 
Leave the orphanage do some quests and a messenger will find you. Also, look around some of the towns, Whiterun has Lucia, she is in the Bannered Mare in the evenings, and Windhelm has Sophie, she sells flowers by the door to the docks. Both can be adopted.
Vahlok Ro Tiid Jan 17 @ 6:55pm 
I adopted Lucia today when I came across her begging for a gold coin. She's now quite happy at Lakeside Manor.
I'm not sure how much this is related to that overall matter, but I never had an option to adopt a child until I got the Hearthfire expansion. I was given a message about buying land then a bit later another message about adopting a child. I began building a home in Falkreath during the Dawnguard and Dragonborn campaigns. When I finally had enough room and furniture for kids, I was able to adopt her. Can't adopt a kid if you don't have room for them.
I waited until I finished Dawnguard and Dragonborn before adopting a child though. The threat from vampires and Miraak's servants was enough of a threat for me to consider holding off adopting until I finished those campaigns.
I have to say, having lost my own daughter ... hearing a child call me poppa for the first time touched something deep inside me ... deep.
I'm quite certain there are children around every big city since I started Hearthfire. They're mostly orphans because of the war. There is a young girl around Windhelm who goes around selling flowers out of a basket. (CAP mentioned her by name; "Sophie"). If I had room then, I could have and would have adopted her on the spot. I still may go back and find her. Lucia would then have a sister to play with.
Exonical Jan 17 @ 6:59pm 
I'm aware of the children running around in towns, but I'm referring to the orphanage specifically.
Vahlok Ro Tiid Jan 17 @ 7:02pm 
This is kind of a silly question. Did you get the Hearthfire expansion and did you get a letter about adopting a child from the orphanage?
Brandybuck Jan 17 @ 7:42pm 
You murdered an old lady just so you could adopt a child? 8O
Exonical Jan 18 @ 5:40am 
Indeed I did, Brandy! I do have the Hearthfire expansion- and I've already adopted a homeless child in Whiterun, but I apparently can't do the same with the orphanage. I didn't get any letter.
Merethys Jan 18 @ 5:49am 
Have you reported to Aventus Aretino after killing Grelod? As far as I know that's the trigger for Constance to stop screaming.
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