Monday, April 8, 2013

Adopted!

We finalized my adoption of Saffron this morning - hooray!!


I don't believe that straight couples have to do this - and technically we didn't since we're married in Massachusetts and the state considers me the second parent automatically.  But since I'm not on the birth certificate, and our marriage isn't universally recognized, there's always the risk that if something should happen......  So this is a good safeguard just in case, especially should we (perish the thought) leave the state, and it also gives her a Massachusetts birth certificate with both our names on it, which I'm sure will be handy.

Honestly, the state made it incredibly easy - I didn't use a lawyer, just went to the courthouse and the adoption clerk showed me forms I need to fill out and walked me through everything.  They waived the home study and such, and it took just three weeks from when I submitted the paperwork to when it was finalized before the judge today.  And all it cost us was parking!  I'm astounded that the state can actually function that quickly and smoothly!!!  :-)

11 comments:

  1. love your new banner! congrats on the adoption!

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  2. Many Congrats daddies! You are so lucky to live in MA! We are going through the same process in FL and it is proving to be quite an ordeal. It'll be months and months before our second parent adoption is (hopefully) finalized.

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  3. Congratz and love the new banner!

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  4. Congrats guys. Hopefully the supremes will kick the sht out of DOMA and your marriage will be just as valid as my brother's, who married some chick he knew for like three minutes because they were thirty and ready to breed ;)
    K

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  5. Well done. So glad the process was smooth ..love the pic with the judge

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  6. Man, amazing that it happened so fast! Congratulations! We're hoping we get it all finalized this month...just a month shy of Cristina's first birthday. And it cost more than the parking! Way to go boys!...Saffron is beautiful!

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  7. Hey John, congrats on being official father (beyond MA) to Saffron. Hugs and kisses to your princess. Cheers!

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  8. wow that is awesome! Congratulations, she is one lucky little girl!! Meg

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  9. This is really amazing. So happy that everything is coming together for you all.

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  10. That is fantastic news! Congratulations to Saffron she is really lucky to have such determined dads!

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