Security cameras at a South Jordan, Utah school captured the life-changing moment when 11-year-old Tannah Butterfield learned she was going to be adopted.
Jackie Alexander, Tannah's friend and the office manager at her school, was asked to deliver the good news because she was going to be the first person to see 11-year-old, who had been anxious about the adoption. 'My heart was so happy, it was like, 'Ahhh!' It was screaming'.
Alexander thought the moment was so lovely that she got Fisher's permission and shared the video on social media.
Tannah, 11, along with her brother Teagun, 6, and sister Tallie, 2, will be part of their own "forever family" later this fall.
"She's just one that I've made a little bond with and it's lasted", Alexander said.
"It was just so sweet the way Tannah got so excited", said her soon-to-be adoptive mother, Jennifer Fisher. Barely 15 percent of minors that enter the foster care system will ever be adopted, and more than 100,000 children are waiting to be taken in permanently by families, according to the latest available data from the Child Welfare Information Gateway.
Posting the video on Instagram, a day after the Las Vegas massacre, Jackie wrote that the world needed some more "light and joy". "I just thought oh, my gosh".
"There's a lot going on in the world and there's a lot of sadness that we see, but you know what? They take really good care of me", Tannah said. "A moment needed after waking up to another morning of devastating news on TV ... but a sweet reminder today that life can be and still is lovely in spite of it all".
"It's the biggest thing that ever happened to me", Tannah said.