An Official Broke Life-Changing News To A Foster Child, And The CCTV Footage Has Swept The Internet

Jackie Alexander had some important news to tell one of her school’s students, a foster child named Tannah Butterfield. And as she did, the moment was caught on C.C.T.V. Then when the footage was shared online, the girl’s reaction soon went viral – and left viewers in tears.

Tannah attends Utah’s American Heritage School of South Jordon. In October 2017, she was 11 years old and in the sixth grade. And as a foster child, she had lived with the Fisher family for two years.

Jen Fisher, along with her husband, Jeff, also took in Tannah’s brother Teagun, now seven, and three-year-old sister Tallie. And they also have two biological children – Macy 11, and Aiden, 14. The couple had wanted to have more kids but struggled to conceive a third child naturally.

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So, the couple decided that fostering was a good alternative – and that’s when Tannah came into their lives. “My husband and I had a lot of infertility problems but we wanted more [children],” the foster mom said. “This kind of fell in our lap.”

Before long, the Fishers realized that they wanted Tannah, Teagun and Tallie to join their family permanently. “We just loved them so much,” their Fisher said. They then began the long legal process of trying to adopt the three youngsters.

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During that process, Tannah started attending the school where Alexander worked. While there, she would go and visit “Ms. Jackie” at her desk each day. “She’s just one that I’ve made a little bond with and it’s lasted,” the office manager told ABC News. She also became friends with the little girl’s foster parents.

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“A dear family I know has been fighting for as long as I can remember to adopt their three foster children that attend our school,” Alexander shared on Instagram. “It’s been hard to watch them fight this emotional battle. My love has grown for this family. I have learned so much from them as they have tried to remain positive despite many setbacks.”

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On October 2, 2017, Tannah’s usual visit to Alexander’s desk was extra special. Indeed, the 45-year-old had some information that would change the little girl’s life forever. And the way that the sixth-grader responded has melted hearts around the world.

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The school’s C.C.T.V. system picked up Tannah as she went to see Alexander. As she arrived, the school official bent down and placed her hands on the child’s shoulders. She then told the little girl what she had just found out – and the reaction was priceless.

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The sixth-grader can be seen leaping into Alexander’s arms in a moment of unadulterated joy. The office manager had recently taken a call from the 11-year-old’s foster mom. Fisher had revealed that Tannah wouldn’t be her foster daughter for much longer – because she was being legally adopted by the family

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“[Fisher] had called to tell me that everything went well in court that day, that [she and her husband] were going to adopt her and the rights [had been removed] from the biological parents,” Alexander told ABC News. And the mom asked her friend to relay the happy news to her soon-to-be adopted daughter. “She was just so worried and didn’t want [Tannah] to wait any longer [to tell her]. So that’s where I got to play a small part.”

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So, when Tannah got to the school office, Alexander dropped the bombshell. “I grabbed her by her shoulders and I just said, ‘Baby, have you heard the news?’” the office manager recalled to Inside Edition. “I said, ‘You get your family. Everything went great in court today. You get your forever family.’”

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As luck would have it, cameras in the room captured the sweet moment between Alexander and Tannah. Indeed, the 11-year-old jumped into the adult’s arms and kicked her legs in the air excitedly. The little girl revealed that it was the happiest moment of her life so far. “I felt like a million, gillion things just exploded in my heart. I felt, like, so happy,” she said. “This is the best thing that’s ever happened to me.”

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And when Alexander realized that their heartwarming hug had been picked up by the security camera, she decided to share the footage on Instagram. It was the day after the horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada, that killed 58 people. In fact, the school employee posted the clip in the hope it would serve as a morale boost for others.

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“In 12 years at this job, this is by far my best moment ever,” Alexander wrote. “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 [then] a million more after the film cuts off.”

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The office manager then added to ABC News that it was something she will never forget. “All that excitement, joy and happiness that you see in Tannah went right through to me,” she said. “We could not quit embracing. She just held me tight. It was pure joy at its finest.”

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Alexander’s post soon went viral and some commenters revealed that the touching exchange between the two made them cry. “This brings tears to my eyes,” one person shared. “I’m ex [foster] kid [and] seeing kids having a family who want them and love them brings me lots of joy.” Another user added, “Her happiness was an instant physical reaction.”

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But no one was more delighted by the video than the little girl’s parents. “We were just shocked,” Fisher told ABC News. “I did not expect that from Tannah. It was amazing.” The mom was also moved by the positive online reaction.

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“It made my heart really, really happy to realize what we’ve been doing has been worth it and that everyone’s so happy,” Fisher told Inside Edition. She also added that they’re a normal family wanting to provide a loving home to some kids in need. Although the adoption process was a long road, their love for the children got them through it.

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The parents also adopted Teagun and Tallie, and the siblings clearly couldn’t wait to make the Fishers their forever family. Now 12 years old, Tannah is one foster kid who definitely got her happy ending. “I know they’re safe people and that they love me and will always be there for me. I just love them,” she said.

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