Happy Adoption Day, Anna! Anna and her parents, Eva and Jeff, celebrated the finalization of her adoption in court on July 25, 2018.
Anna was born on March 20, 2018 and was placed directly from the hospital into the care of her adoptive parents, Eva and Jeff. Anna's birth had no complications and she was healthy upon delivery. The couple enjoyed an open adoption with Anna's birth mother prior to the birth, and they plan to continue having contact with her in the future.
Anna's day in court was very special, because the judge presiding over the finalization hearing was usually a judge in criminal proceedings. He had asked to be a part of Anna's special day because of his own connection with adoption. The judge and his wife adopted their daughter when she was an infant, and his daughter, now seven years old, was present in the courtroom for Anna's adoption hearing. The judge's daughter helped push Anna's stroller into the courtroom, and everyone was a little teary-eyed after the finalization took place. Eva and Jeff told AOW that the moment was very special for everyone to witness. Anna was so excited that she even rose her hand for the oath!
After the hearing, the family of three went to the Capitol to take some photos. Eva and Jeff had wedding photos done at the Capitol when they were married, and now they have adoption photos with Anna there, too. They celebrated with a cake at home later that day!
Thank you, Eva and Jeff, for sharing your adoption journey with us. Anna is very loved by all around her and we are excited to watch her grow. We wish you all the best!