Utah girl jumps for joy upon learning of her adoption

Cesar Mills
October 12, 2017

Eleven-year-old Tannah Butterfield spent the last two years hoping a judge would make her foster parents her forever parents. "My love has grown for this family and I have learned so much from them as they have tried to remain positive despite many setbacks".

"It's the biggest thing that ever happened to me", Tannah said.

Teacher Jackie Alexander had the happy job of breaking the news to Tannah Butterfield, after she received a phone call to inform her that the girl's foster parents had won the case to adopt her, as well as two other children.

Alexander, who had been feeling gloomy that day after hearing of the mass shooting in Las Vegas the night before, decided Tannah's reaction was so handsome, she had to share it. "You get your forever family", said Alexander. "We didn't all know it was going to happen like that".

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Jackie Alexander, the school's office manager, is a close friend with the family.

"Although I knew she would be happy to hear the news, I didn't expect her to react the way she did".

Tannah, 11, along with her brother Teagun, 6, and sister Tallie, 2, will be part of their own "forever family" later this fall. "I can't even describe that hug", she said.

"I've been overwhelmed that my simple thoughts of a sweet moment have gone so viral", Alexander said. As for the moment when she was able to break the news, she described it as a "sweet reminder... that life can be and still is attractive in spite of it all". "A lot of it is cyclical stuff that we see, so when we never engage that child and break the cycle, we in turn empower that cycle", he said.

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