One of the most pleasant parts of my practice is the handling of adoptions. Whether it is a stepparent adoption, an adoption through an agency or a foster parent adoption, it is always a joyous event. After the background checks are complete and the paperwork properly filed, when the happy day arrives and all has been done properly, the final day of the adoption is an informal celebratory event. Even the court staff joins in the happy day when a new official family member is officially acknowledged by the court.