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Tonight's post will be brief because I'm exhausted. I have no other excuse, just that I need sleep and can't think. On the bright side, though, a two hour delay was already called for tomorrow morning due to the freezing temperatures or something, so at least I don't have to get up at 6:30am!
I wanted to just give a little bit of information tonight for people who aren't familiar with the adoption process. I feel like when people think about adoption, they might think about a "forever family" or going to court. Something that people probably don't think about is the birth certificate.
When a child is adopted, they are given a brand new birth certificate. The original document from their birth becomes irrelevant and is no longer their legal birth certificate. Instead, a new birth certificate is filled out with the adoptive parents' names as the parents.
The new birth certificate doesn't look any different than a biological child's birth certificate (you know, besides the name/date of birth/height/weight/etc.). It doesn't say "adoptive parent" on it. The names are just filled out as a mother or a father, and the new family is complete. Of course, the family does receive a certificate of adoption as well, if I remember correctly, but that's a whole separate document.
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My family has been doing foster care since I was three years old. I'm the only biological child in my family, though I now have five permanent siblings. Having nineteen siblings over the course of my lifetime has been an incredible experience, and I'm hoping that by sharing some of the ups and downs of being the only bio kid in a foster family, other foster families or people looking into doing foster care will be able to learn a bit of what life can be like. I also like to share what life is like on my journey to becoming a published author, as well as where my schooling and career choice are taking me.