The Moment An 11-Year-Old Was Told She's Being Adopted Was Caught On Camera

"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."

Adoption can be a long, difficult, and expensive process with countless forms, many visits, setbacks, and periods of stressful waiting. During that time, feelings between a foster family and their foster children often continue to deepen as they share experiences and form tighter bonds. When the adoption is able to officially go through, it is a momentous occasion for all.

The joy of a foster child finding out she was  getting a forever home was recently captured on video and it is going viral. The video shows 11-year-old Tannah Butterfield coming into the office of her school, the American Heritage of South Jordan in Utah. When she greets Office Manager Jackie Alexander, Alexander tells the girl that she is going to be adopted by her foster parents.

And the 11-year-old's heartfelt reaction will make you emotional.

The heartwarming moment was captured on camera and posted by Alexander on Instagram. It shows Tannah leaping into Alexander's arms when she hears the happy news. 

Alexander wrote on Instagram, "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."

She explains that Tannah's foster mom, Jen Fisher, and her husband have been trying to adopt Tannah and her two other foster children, 6-year-old Teagun and 2-year-old Tallie, and how it has been an "emotional battle" filled with setbacks for the last two-and-a-half years.

Then, she received a phone call from Fisher that the courts have given them permission to adopt the children.

Alexander explained that Fisher asked if she could pass the message onto Tannah when she came in for her daily visit. She wanted her to know right away as she had been stressed about the situation.

The office manager said, "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." 

She added, "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 ..."

Alexnader told 1010 WINS that she was "overjoyed and humbled" about being able to tell Tannah the news. She added, "It's not something I get to do every day."

The adoption is set to be finalized next month and Tannah and her two other foster siblings will join the Fishers'  biological kids 13-year-old Aiden and 10-year-old Macy.

Fisher told ABC News, "We just loved them so much. My husband and I had a lot of infertility problems and we had wanted more."


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