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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.