News Video: Learning About Stepchild Adoption

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Denalee Chapman July 27, 2015
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It was the child, Nathan, who first approached his stepfather about adoption. When his mom married Marcus, the two developed a strong father/son relationship. Marcus is the only man who has been a father-figure in Nathan’s life. And so it just made sense to Nathan that he take Marcus’ last name. His mother agreed and the three are one very happy, cohesive family – all with the same legal last name.

The process to adopt a stepchild is the same as for any child. Paperwork, home studies, and more must be completed. Although it may be time consuming, it is a safety net to ensure that all children are protected and loved.

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Denalee Chapman

Denalee is an adoptive mother, a motivational speaker, a writer, and a lover of life. She and her husband have adventured through the hills and valleys of life to find that the highest highs and the lowest lows are equally fulfilling. Book Denalee to speak to your group, or find Denalee's writings, including her books on her website at

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