This Adoption Video Will Melt Your Heart

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Almost half a million children are in the foster system in the US, and millions more around the world, waiting for their forever home.For Utah resident, 11 year old Tannah Butterfield, the wait is finally over.

For the last two years, she has been with the same foster parent Jennifer Fisher, and has been waiting for a finalized adoption from her guardian. What started out as a regular day at school turned into a day Butterfield would never forget.

Jackie Alexander, the school’s office manager, was given permission by Jennifer to tell Tannah last Monday that her adoption went through.

Referring to Tannah’s adoptive mother and family Jackie wrote, “A dear family I know has been fighting for as long as I can remember to adopt 3 of their foster children that attend our school. It’s been hard to watch them fight this emotional battle. My love has grown for this family and I have learned so much from them as they have tried to remain positive despite many set backs.”

The moment Jackie tells Tannah is heartwarming, as the little girl jumps into the family friend’s arms.

*I give permission to all media outlets to use this video and post with credit to: Jackie Alexander (and American Heritage of South Jordan) Thank you* Some Mondays are better than others. I share this with permission from the parent of this student. This is pure testament that in a world full of turmoil and strife, there is still light and joy to be found in little everyday moments. A dear family I know has been fighting for as long as I can remember to adopt 3 of their foster children that attend our school. It’s been hard to watch them fight this emotional battle. My love has grown for this family and I have learned so much from them as they have tried to remain positive despite many set backs. Today my phone rang at my desk and it was my friend Jen telling me things FINALLY had come to an end and the courts were going to let them ADOPT the children!! She asked me if I would be sure to tell her sweet girl when she came to my desk for her daily visit. She knew she would want to know right away because she had been so worried. I don’t think even I could understand myself what that moment would feel like. Our security cameras caught the moment perfectly. I cry as I type this. In 12 years at this job, this is by far my best moment ever!! To tell a little girl that she gets her family forever takes the cake. I can’t even describe that hug…and thank heavens her mom doesn’t mind that I kissed her a million times, and a million more after the film cuts off. A moment needed after waking up to another morning of devastating news on t.v….but a sweet reminder today that life can be and still is beautiful in spite of it all. ♥️#americanheritageofsouthjordan

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It is videos like this that not only restore all joy and hope we have for humanity, but also for all children in the foster system. These children are reminded that they are dearly loved, and that there is a forever family for them as well. We wish nothing but the best for Tannah and her family on this new adventure.

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