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Benjamin’s suggestion for the marketing strategy to make it so sought after that people would pay a premium was proving to be very effective. Many a crestfallen face had shown the disappointment when the lucky person standing in front of them on line got the last slice of the day. Eyes would follow the empty pie plates being carried out to the kitchen with barely a crumb left of the crust. At $3.99 per slice they made a nice profit, and Kit was overjoyed to see the upswing in cash sales each week.
“So, tell me how this adoption thing works?” David asked his aunt.
“Well even though I’m Angelica’s other mother and my name appears on her birth certificate; I don’t have legal parental rights until I adopt her.” Bette answered her nephew. She couldn’t believe he was 30 years old, and this was the first time she’d met him. She was only nine years older. Had things been different they could have grown up together if Melvin had allowed Kit to come home.
“Does the sperm donor have any parental rights?” David was curious about same-sex parenting. He had no biases about gay marriages; his questions were just about understanding how things worked.
Melvin was listening intently as he would never ask those questions, but he too was interested to know if the man that donated the sperm to father this child would be involved.
Tina answered this one. “No David. When Marcus agreed to donate his sperm, he legally signed away his parental rights to any child that is conceived using it. As the birth mother I’m the only one that has a say in whether I want Bette to adopt Angelica and of course that goes without saying. She is her other mother and no matter what the law recognizes, it’s a fact. The adoption is just to formalize it so both Bette and Angie are protected.”
“I’ve already retained a lawyer, so the paperwork is filed. The next step is undergoing a home study conducted by the social services department of California. It’s a requirement in all states prior to finalizing an adoption. They use the studies to determine the suitability of prospective adoptive couples or singles to parenting.”