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    Hannah DeWick, 15, far left, Christine DeWick and Catherine Johnson walk hand in hand with Paisley, 2, after her adoption ceremony at the Knox County Courthouse in March. Paisley was placed with the DeWicks of Rockland through foster care at 12 days old after being taken away from her biological mother. A Massachusetts family that had adopted Paisley's two sisters had also hoped to adopt her.

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    Jonathan DeWick holds his adopted daughter Paisley, 2, outside of the Knox County Courthouse in Rockland after her adoption ceremony in March. Paisley was placed with the DeWicks through foster care at 12 days old and has been with them ever since. From left, mother Christine DeWick, Hannah, 15, and in front, Quentin, 4.

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    Alyssa and Robert Chase with their daughters Delaney, 6, right, and Sunny, 5, at home in Fairhaven, Massachusetts. They had hoped to also adopt the girls' sister Paisley.

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    Alyssa and Robert Chase cuddle with their children at home in Fairhaven, Massachusetts. The children, from left, are Delaney, 6, Cadence, 14, Sunny, 5, and Lola, 9. The Chases adopted Delaney and Sunny, who are biological sisters, and had hoped also to adopt a third sister, Paisley.

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    Christine DeWick holds her adopted daughter Paisley, 2, in the living room of their home in Rockport. Paisley was placed with the DeWicks through foster care at 12 days old and has been with them ever since.

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    Paisley, 2, plays around with Quentin, 4, who was also adopted by the DeWicks in Rockport. Paisley was placed with the DeWicks through foster care at 12 days old.

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    At home in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, Alyssa Chase kisses her daughter Sunny, 5, goodbye before leaving for work. Daughter Lola, 9, is at right.

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    Alyssa Chase adjusts the hair of 6-year-old daughter Delaney before school, at their home in Fairhaven, Massachusetts. Delaney's sister Sunny, 5, is at left. Robert Chase talks to daughter Lola, 9, at right.

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    Deborah Damon rubs her granddaughter Makayla's chest as they sit the waiting room before Makayla's appointment to change out her feeding tube at Maine Medical Center in Portland. Makayla came to live with Deborah when she was 2 years old and the rights of her biological parents rights were terminated. Makayla has cerebral palsy and needs round-the-clock care. Makayla is the sister of Paisely, the girl at the center of an adoption case.

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    Mikey O'Hara-Damon, 8, lies on the couch next to his grandmother Deborah Damon at their Owls Head home. Damon took custody of Mikey, her eldest son's son, when he was nine days old. His six siblings who were also taken away from their parents. Deborah Damon also cares for Mikey's sister Makayla, 11, who has cerebral palsy. They are the siblings of Paisley, the 2-year-old girl at the center of a court-decided adoption case.

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    Mikey O'Hara-Damon, 8, jumps from couch to couch in the living room while Makayla's nurse Robin checks on her. Photos of Deborah Damon's other grandchildren line the wall above Makayla's in-home hospital room. Damon hopes to one day expand her house to give Makayla privacy from guests.

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    Deborah Damon with her granddaughter Makayla before the replacement of her feeding tube at Maine Medical Center in Portland. She drove Makayla down for the appointment from their home in Owls Head.

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    Deborah Damon, center, sits in the waiting room for her granddaughter Makayla's appointment at Maine Medical Center in Portland. Damon also has custody of Makayla's brother Mikey, 8, at right, who came to her at 9 days old.

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