The Frank family with our lawyer and the judge
The Frank family with the judge and our lawyer

Most women become mothers in hospital rooms. Oh sure, there’s the occasional baby born in a cab, those at-home births that have become recently popular again, not to mention the rare on-the-toilet-in-a-public-bathroom birthings that take place. But none of this for me, no, I became a mother in a court room. No labor pains, no Lamaze, no pushing. Just a judge with a gavel that he didn’t use, some paperwork, snap a picture and ta-da! My petition for adoption had been reviewed and accepted and four beautiful children, smiling apprehensively, were grafted onto me from this day forward as long as we both shall live.

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