Legalizing forever: A family made complete


Ernie Parker and his wife were married for decades.Shortly after marrying, they moved all of their kids in together to create a blended family. They shared 7 children, however, they had none as a couple.

From the time she was 2-years-old, Bridgette just knew that Ernie was her father.

For 37 years, Bridgette and her siblings referred to Ernie parker as Dad, even though biologically he wasn’t. However, making it “official” is something they have wanted to do for the longest time.

Christmas is just 5 days, but for Mr. Parker, it came a little early. 

Earlier this year, Ernie’s children presented him with adoption papers on Father’s Day. 

“I had been thinking there’s something we can do to where Dad can be our real Dad,” Bridgette said. 

On December 20, 2018, the Chemung County Court finalized the adoption and made Ernie, Bridgettes legal father. 

Delayed does not mean denied. During a year that’s been full of loss for this family, there is still something to celebrate this Christmas season, and that’s the gift of each other.

The family started the paperwork back in June, but faced a few setbacks after a few deaths in the family. Ernie’s wife passed away a in July and her son passed away shortly after that. 

A family destined to be together, now, legally complete.

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