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