As we entered the elevator, I watched the kids pile in and huddle close to their parents like little ducklings. The father told me about their history of fostering, having fostered fourteen children and now adopting their third. I was so inspired by their love and spacious hearts.
As the judge entered the courtroom, she gave an easy smile and she proceeded with the utmost empathy. The E family told their story of adoptions and proceeded to explain their love for their youngest and their desire to make her an official part of the family. As the judge swore them in, the little girl tucked her head into her mother’s neck and raised her hand. As the proceeding continued, their two girls fidgeted, as kids do, and started drawing with some markers and paper to keep themselves busy. But within 10 minutes, the proceeding ended. And a family that walked in as a family of four left as an official family of five.