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But soon the clerk reappeared and gave us a receipt that allowed us to claim a passport for Francine that afternoon. We didn’t quite believe it until we actually had the little blue booklet in our hands.
When we arrived at the airport that night, an airline employee noticed that Francine’s ticket had a different last name than her passport. Given our recent experience, we thought she was about to turn us away, but instead she just printed out a new ticket.
This year, I made sure to buy Francine’s ticket under her legal name, the one on the passport, so there would be no last-minute scares. But a couple weeks before the flight, we were summoned to court for the last step in the adoption process.
Now Francine had a new legal name that did not match the one on her passport or ticket. Somehow we made it to Israel anyway.