"Changing My Name to Mom"

Making the transition from foster care to adoption will be a big step for one mother and her nine-year-old foster child.

Foster care can lead to permanent adoption
On a sunny Friday, a few days into the school year, I realized I had forgotten to give Yasmin, my newest foster child, her lunch money. I'd have to deliver it to her classroom. This would be the first time Yasmin, surrounded by other fourth-graders she was just beginning to know, would see me at her new school. She'd been living with my family — me, my daughter, Tasia, a former foster child whom I adopted as a toddler, and ...

As she prepares for the adoption of her third child, the author knows it is not just she who must be ready, but also the 9-year-old girl she’s fallen in love with.


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