This is my favorite time of year because November is the month that my daughter was born and also it's National Adoption Month. In the State of Texas, CPS hosts huge adoption days statewide during the adoption month. Now, adoptions happen year round, but November is when the State and Counties do big celebration days. I had the pleasure to do five adoptions this month to include private adoptions and CPS adoptions. Here's a recap of the forever families:
Family 1 was a relative adoption of a sweet and adorable 18-month old baby girl. She clapped and said yes every time I mentioned her name (which of course was the right answer to the questions I was asking her mom).
Family 2 was a single mom adoption of a fiesty and beautiful two-year old girl. She high fived me when everyone clapped as the Judge granted the adoption. She also high fived the Judge!
Family 3 was a two mom adoption of a happy and healthy 9 month old baby boy who has been with his adoptive moms since birth. He was such a happy baby and so quiet! He charmed the entire courtroom with his chubby cheeks!
Family 4 was a traditional two parent adoption of an 11 year old boy who has resided with his adoptive parents since he was a newborn. His adoption was postponed due to the ups and downs of financial struggles and military service. He proudly testified before the Court (even though not required). The Judge was very impressed with this young man.
Family 5 was a step-parent adoption in which the step-father finally became the legal parent of a beautiful and very creative 7 year-old girl that he has raised with her mom from the tender age of six months old. The family (and I) appeared in our cowboy/cowgirl boots for the finalization. The family was so excited that this day had finally come. And the Judge had a lot of fun too. He was kind enough to allow each member of the family to "bang the gavel" and sit in the Judge's chair at the bench.
I had such an amazing experience working with the each of these families in finalizing their adoptions. It of course brought back sweet memories of the day when my daughter's adoption was finalized.
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