For those of you who have never been to an adoption hearing, I HIGHLY recommend jumping at any chance to go to one. It will renew your hope for humanity. Truly.
As many people know, I believe adoption is one of the greatest solutions to many of the worlds problems and my goal is to paint a picture of what the process is like. At the start of adoption there is LOTS and LOTS of paperwork. And classes. And home visits. But at the end, in a courtroom,there is a monumental occasion: adoption finalization.
Last Friday, my friend and her husband were called into the courts. The family was asked a battery of questions to answer including the choice of their son’s legal name, whether the child has resided in their home for 6 months and if they believe the adoption is in the best interest of the child. To the last question, the family exclaimed yes. They raised their hands and then made their pledge to their son.
The judge then declares what was written in Isaac’s story all along. That he belongs. To Katti and Adam, as their son, legally and lovingly. Forever.