The Final Step

A mother shares her joy — and some tears — at the moment her daughter's adoption finalization took place.

The Carneys' adoption finalization
During the long months my husband, Dan, and I were waiting to adopt a baby, I often wondered how I would react when I finally held this child of our dreams. Would I shed tears, like the weepy parents in media portrayals of hospital births? As it happened, I was grinning merrily on the day our beautiful daughter, Beth, just two days old, was put in my arms. I floated, giddy, as high as a kite; I did not cry. ...

A mother is surprised at her tears when, standing in a courtroom, that last bit of red tape comes unstuck.

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