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A Norwich family

In a courtroom filled with balloons, teddy bears and family members shedding tears of joy, a Superior Court judge issued a decree Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, that formalized the permanent relationship between Daisy Lopez of Norwich and her adoptive daughters, 10-year-old Francesca and 11-year-old Olivia.

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Melissa Castillo, right, fixes the hair of her soon-to-be adopted sister Olivia, 11, as Olivia's sister Frankie, 10, left, watches before the formal adoption ceremony for Olivia and Frankie into the Lopez family at Middlesex Superior Court in Middletown Friday, Nov. 22, 2013.

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Single mother Daisy Lopez of Norwich, left, wipes away a tear as she reads a statement of joy at Middlesex Superior Court in Middletown Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, as her newly adopted daughters Olivia, 11, center, and Frankie, 10, watch during their formal adoption ceremony.

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Sisters Frankie, 10, left, and Olivia, 11, Lopez show their excitement as they ride in the elevator for the formal adoption ceremony making them the daughters of single mother Daisy Lopez of Norwich at Middlesex Superior Court in Middletown Friday, Nov. 22, 2013.

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Frankie Lopez, 10, left, and her sister Olivia, 11, show off their official team "Lopez" t-shirts given as gifts at the conclusion of their formal adoption ceremony to single mother Daisy Lopez of Norwich at Middlesex Superior Court in Middletown Friday, Nov. 22, 2013.

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Jeannine Wiese, a case worker with Middletown DCF reads the "Legacy of an Adopted Child" to sisters Frankie and Olivia Lopez at the conclusion of their formal adoption ceremony to single mother Daisy Lopez of Norwich at Middlesex Superior Court in Middletown Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. Wiese gave the poem to the sisters as a gift.

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Sisters Olivia, 11, left, and Frankie, 10, right, exit Middlesex Superior Court in Middletown Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 with their mother, Daisy Lopez of Norwich, after Lopez officially adopted the sisters with a formal adoption ceremony at the court.

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Daisy Lopez, right, of Norwich and her sister Lithia Lopez, left, wipe away tears while Daisy's daughters, Frankie, 10, second from left, and Olivia, 11, second from right, talk Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, about what it means to them to be adopted by Daisy.

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