When Gabe’s adoption day arrived, no one anticipated just how emotional the trip to the courthouse would be.
“The judge asked my son, ‘Is this what you want?’ And he said, ‘Absolutely,’” Banzhof said. “Then she asked him why and he said, ‘Because I’ve been this person for so long, and I just really want to officially belong to a family who really wants, loves and accepts me. And I’ve been a part of that family, and I’m ready for my last name to match theirs.’”
After finalizing Gabe’s adoption, the family went out for a celebratory meal. Banzhof didn’t want the fun to stop, so she let her son pick the next activity: “I asked my son, ‘Well, we can’t stop celebrating, so what do you want to do next?’ and he said, ‘Let’s go get my dog.’”