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Proud Parent

Adopt a child

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How to unlock the Proud Parent achievement

  • Hunter KahnHunter Kahn320,823
    05 Sep 2012 05 Sep 2012 23 Nov 2012
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    Like basically all the achievements in the Falkreath DLC, "Proud Parent" is a cinch to earn and won't take you more than a few minutes.

    First of all, you'll have to own a house. If you don't already have one, consult the TA guide for the achievement "Citizen" here:
    The Elder Scrolls V: SkyrimCitizenThe Citizen achievement in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim worth 12 pointsBuy a house


    Just hang around a major city for a while (i.e., the one you live in) and a courier will deliver you two letters, one called "Consider Adoption" (more on that later) and one from the steward of your hometown notifying you that you can now purchase a children's bedroom set for your home.

    The option should be added to your Home Decorating Guide, or you can visit the steward himself and buy it from him. This will only cost you 250 gold. WARNING, buying the children's bedroom set will replace your alchemy lab (if you have one) and cost you any items that you had there.

    (NOTE: User Belaric pointed out that the children's bedroom set costs 3,000 gold in Solitude in Windhelm and does not cost you any rooms. The steward will warn you if you are going to lose a room; he did for me when I bought the bedroom set for my Whiterun house.)

    Once you buy the bedroom set, it's time to adopt! The "Consider Adoption" letter the courier delivered earlier will inform you that the orphans of Skyrim have been hit particularly hard by "these days of war and strife," and that you are encouraged to visit Honorhall Orphanage in Riften to adopt one of them.

    Now all you have to do is head to Riften, visit the orphanage (in the southwestern corner of the local Riften map) and talk to a Constance Michel about adopting a child. She will ask you a few questions, such as "What do you do for a living?" If you answer wrong (like replying, "I'm an assassin") she'll reject you, but then she simply starts asking you the questions again and you can answer differently, so you can't really mess this up.

    Then all you have to do is pick the little squirt that you want and this achievement will be yours! (I chose Runa Fair-Shield. She's a fiery spirit!)

    This is my first guide, so please feel free to offer any feedback, suggestions or questions! (Note, I did not make the video below myself, but it should help you if you need further assistance.)
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    TheMizzt After trying for so long to adopt a child from the orphanage, I started looking on other sites for help, because for days I've been going back and forth from the orphanage and I never received any letter nor will they allow me to adopt a child... Then I found that you can adopt a child running round the cities. So, I went to Whiterun and found a girl called Lucia running about and adopted her.
    Posted by TheMizzt on 12 Aug 14 at 11:07
    ALollz I was having a pretty difficult time with this one. Despite building the bedrooms, my steward would only offer to decorate the bedroom and the Jarl's steward had nothing to say about children.

    But I found that if you just go to the workbench in your bedrooms, you can build a child's bed and child's chest yourself, and that's what you need.

    However, you still need to be careful, because if for some reason you build 2 Child beds, but only 1 child chest, then it wont let you adopt. You either need 1 bed and 1 chest, or 2 beds and 2 chests. That, or having the workbench still in the room prevents adoption.
    Posted by ALollz on 17 Aug 14 at 07:56
    Mobius Evalon You cannot adopt through the Riften orphanage until you kill the proprietor in a Dark Brotherhood side mission, something I had not done at the point I attempted to get this achievement. Constance kept telling me that no kids could be adopted and Grelod was breathing so much fire at me that I used my Dragonrend shout on her.

    I ended up adopting a girl named Sofie selling flowers in Windhelm instead.
    Posted by Mobius Evalon on 25 Dec 16 at 19:24
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