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Couple who are just friends allowed to adopt, judge says in landmark ruling


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friends-adopt-judge-landmark-ruling-article-1.1565408#ixzz2pMmtRwxhNY Daily News:

In a first of its kind ruling in New York, a Manhattan judge has given a couple who're just friends the green light to become legal co-parents to an adopted girl.


The pals identified, only as LEL and KAL, met in 2000 and have been close friends since, according to court papers.


Several years ago, KAL decided she wanted to become a mom, and LEL offered to be her sperm donor.


But when she couldn't get pregnant, they “decided to instead adopt a child together,” the court papers say.


“They spent years planning and hoping” for a child, and their dream came true in 2011, when KAL was able to adopt a child — identified as G. — from Ethiopia.




They traveled to Africa together to bring the baby home, but because they weren't married, only KAL was able to adopt, filings say.



But what if they no longer become friends?

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