A Snohomish County Adoption Finalization Ceremony

Just one month before Christmas this family received an amazing gift. They were able to legally and officially add one member permanently to their family. This little guy had been a part of their family as a foster child since he was 5 days old. Three long years later they made him a permanent part of their family through adoption. After delayed hearings and court dates, everyone finally agreed that this family belonged all together. The morning of the finalization, the minutes were ticking away as they could have received a call any moment saying their adoption hearing had to be postponed yet again, but 9:15 am came and went and the papers were signed, the oaths were recited and they officially became a family of 6! Check out that support network that came to witness. Beautiful! I was moved to tears and so blessed to be able to witness this ceremony as their photographer.

All the friends and family arrived at the courthouse with time to spare. I don’t think the little man knew the significance of what was happening. He just new the love and support of those who’ve probably been loving and supporting him all along. Now he’ll never lose it.

The judge starts out by asking the family to stand with their right hands raised so they can commit and attest to the fact that they do indeed desire to adopt the child.

After asking several questions and chatting with the family, the judge invited them up to sit with him for a photo. Little man even got to pound the gavel to make it official.

After the judge finished with the ceremony, the family was asked into another room to sign and stamp papers.

A boy and his forever mom. ♥

Christi Hardy is an Everett, Washington area family photographer and adoptive mom herself. With four kids and a dog, she enjoys creating art out of her everyday life and helping others capture the beauty in theirs. See more of her work at

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Charlottesville, Virginia Adoption Finalization in Historic Court Square || Central Virginia || Beth Seliga, 3 Cats Photo

Charlottesville adoptions are finalized in one of the most historic courthouses in America. In fact, it is the only one to have been used by 3 Colonial presidents at the same time. Just being in this historic building and around court square would make any occasion special but, here, after the judge finalizes the adoption, the family rings the historic bell that is only used for adoptions. It is such a fun tradition.

And, it was delightful to watch these two sisters become forever sisters and ring the bell together.

It was a cold, cold day but the fabulous Court Square Inn opened their doors up for us to grab some family photos after the court proceedings.

Afterwards, I was delighted to join them for breakfast at IHOP where beautiful cards and momentos were exchanged amidst happy tears and tons of laughter.

I was honored to be part of this day and this fabulous event and wish this family endless happiness!

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Baby Heath | Orlando Newborn Adoption Photographer

What a story this family has!  They are an American family living, now living in London.  They’ve adopted two children internationally and the third and most recent addition was a domestic adoption in Florida.  They are such a sweet family knit together by adoption.  The mother and baby were able to enjoy Florida for several months, while waiting on the paperwork and international documents to be ready to fly back home to London.  Because of their long stay, I was able to see them for a newborn session and a family session with the whole family… even Grandma!

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