Watch This 11-Year-Old Girl's Reaction To Long-Awaited Adoption News

Courtesy Jackie Alexander & American Heritage of South Jordan
Courtesy Jackie Alexander & American Heritage of South Jordan

Tannah Butterfield, 11, leaped into school office manager Jackie Alexander's arms when she shared the news with her.

She says the girl's new mom called her on October 2 to tell her they finally were going to be able to adopt the children and asked her to deliver the news immediately.

"[Jen Fisher] had called to tell me that everything had went well in court that day, that Jeff and her were going to adopt her and the rights were [removed] from the biological parents", Alexander said. She knew she would want to know right away because she had been so anxious.

Tannah spent the last two years wishing the judge would make her foster parents her forever parents.

Alexander said, "I grabbed her shoulders and said, 'Have you heard the news baby?"

"A dear family I know has been fighting for as long as I can do not forget to adopt 3 of their foster children ..."




"They are just caring, loving, take good care of me", she said. I don't think even I could understand myself what that moment would feel like.

Miss Jackie told her that her adoption had been finalized. "In a world full of sadness and disaster, so wonderful to see this truly handsome and joyous moment", wrote another.

Alexander said the moment was a bright spot on an otherwise somber day - the video took place the day after the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

"I've been overwhelmed that my simple thoughts of a sweet moment have gone so viral", Alexander said. Tannah's moment of unbridled joy quickly turned that around. Tannah had this message for any child in her situation: "Never, ever, ever give up", she said.

"It's the biggest thing that's ever happened to me", the 11-year-old 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 lovely in spite of it all".

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