Man Adopts Stepdaughter

For most daughters, their fathers are the most important person in their lives. With their dads behind them, girls feel they can achieve anything. From taking their first steps to helping them achieve success in their lives, fathers play a significant role in girls’ lives.

 

 

But fathers don’t always have to be related by blood. In the case of Shane Smith, this proved to be certainly true. When he fell in love with Karisa, he also fell in love with her nine month old daughter, Jocelyn.

Supplied / Karisa Smith

He also had a daughter previously. When they got married, they had a daughter together again. All three children were part of the same family and treated Shane and Karisa as their own parents.

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Shane adores Jocelyn despite not sharing DNA with her. Karisa claims that the parents love all their children equally and they never use the term stepfather or stepmother at home.

Supplied / Karisa Smith

Sadly, sexist societal norms decree that poor little Jocelyn would have to carry a different man’s name. It would have been possible for Karisa to have given her name to all the children, but since that would have taken a lot of rebellion, she and her children decided to take on Shane’s name.

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This was when they decided that Jocelyn should also be adopted by Shane so that she too can call herself ‘Smith’.

Supplied / Karisa Smith

Of course, it’s a lovely gesture and shows the deep bond between the family members!