My name is Kathy and I am new to the group. I adopted my 13 year old granddaughter (my son's daugter) in 2008 after her mom gave me custody in 2007. Since I already had legal custody of her, my adoption process was easy. Once both parents gave up their parental rights my adoption was final within 2 months. It has been a challenge, but if I had to do it all over again I would. The birth mother has 4 other children who have been raised by other family members. Her birth mother had always treated her different from her other siblings because she is African-American and Puerto Rican. It was rough for a while because my Mini Me could not understand why her mom was the way she is. It is very important to let our children they are loved and not with material things. I look forward to connecting with other adoptive moms.