Surrounded by friends and family, we walked into the courtroom that morning with a nervous excitement. As I sat down, all the events leading to that moment flashed before my eyes. I remembered the first day our son came to our home, the many challenges and doubts we often faced, and the many emotional ups and downs of not knowing if he would remain with us. My daydreaming came to a halt when the lawyer called me to take the stand. I don’t remember everything she asked, but one question stood out among the rest: “Do you understand that once adopted, it will be as if this child were born to you and will have all the same rights as any other biological child?” Yes, I understood. We were bringing our son home, permanently.
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