Adoption Tale

Monday, October 7, 2019

A Family 15 Years in the Making

Gwen Stewart, Sildey Austin LLP

Nearly two decades ago, with open and loving arms, Alice offered to take in a child whose mother did not have the means to care for him. The woman’s neighbor knew that Alice dreamt of being a mother and made that dream a reality when she asked Alice to take her two-day-old son home from the hospital.

After caring for the child for nearly 15 years, Alice wanted to formalize motherhood and turn her guardianship into an adoption.

IP litigator Gwen Stewart, a volunteer at Sidley Austin’s Salvation Army Clinic, discovered just how exuberant and emotional adoption court can be. Alice and her son were thrilled to have an adoption in place and so grateful to Gwen for making it all possible!