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Two years into Alan's living with Rebecca, she received formal custody of him. Rebecca often expressed wanting to adopt Alan, but she was not able to because Mr. Sweeney did not believe in adoption, and she did not think she could proceed with the adoption without his consent. Nevertheless, Rebecca continued to discuss adoption with Alan on numerous occasions, and continually spoke with her sister, Susan Phinney, Mr. Sweeney, and an attorney about adopting Alan.
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