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When you adopt a child, they take on your last name and become part of your family. This name change is extremely important for kids, especially when it comes to school.
When we adopted my brother and sister, they were already in elementary school. Their teachers were very supportive, as far as I can remember, and made new name tags for them as soon as the day of the adoption came. I don't remember what happened when my little brother was adopted, because he was in kindergarten and he was so much younger than I was. But I don't remember an issue with changing his stuff at school, so I'm assuming it was fine. The teachers who have been with us through adoptions were just incredible in making that transition from foster child to adopted and part of a forever family easier for the kids in their school environment.
To see a new last name on your name tag must make the adoption feel complete for a young child. I know that as a sibling, hearing a new name announced at the end of an adoption ceremony has always made me feel like everything was right in the world. The name change makes everything complete.
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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.