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Heartwarming story shows power of adoption

Adopting a child can be one of the most rewarding decisions that a couples in Salem can make. Through adoption, couples who often cannot have children of their own are able to provide a loving home to a child that may otherwise have a difficult life.

Often, parents' stories about how their adopted children come into their lives can be quite moving. The story of a couple from NYC is no exception. As a man was leaving the subway, he glanced to his side and saw what he thought was a doll wrapped in a sweatshirt. When he saw the legs move, he realized that the doll was in fact an infant. The man immediately called emergency services.

Months later no one had stepped forward to claim the abandoned infant. As the man was attending a hearing at the family court, ostensibly to explain the circumstances under which he discovered the infant, the judge unexpectedly asked if the man and his partner would like to adopt the little boy.

Neither of the two men had discussed having children, and yet they later said that it felt like destiny had intervened to place this baby in their lives. They agreed to adopt the baby boy, and twelve years later they still remain a loving family. Through the power of adoption, an abandoned infant was able to be placed with caring parents.

Despite heartwarming adoption stories like that of the two men, the process itself can be long and arduous.

The central goal of an adoption is to place a child in a loving home. To determine if a couple will be fit parents, the couple must participate in a home study, generally administered by the adoption agency.

Once the adoption agency finds a child for the couple to adopt, the couple must go through several legal steps in order to have custody of their adopted child. The birth parent must first consent to the adoption, which will terminate the birth parent's parental rights. Then the adoptive parents generally must attend a court hearing where a judge will approve the adoption.

Although adoption can be a difficult process, the end result is a happy, loving family.

Source: Nbcnewyork.com, "Couple Tells Story of Adopting Baby Found in Subway 12 Years Ago," Pei-Sze Cheng, March 13, 2013

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