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11-year-old's touching reaction to adoption news captured on school's camera

11 October 2017

Jackie Alexander, office manager at American Heritage, said the moment was "pure testament that in a world full of turmoil and strife, there is still light and joy to be found in little everyday moments". "I did not expect that from Tannah".

The reaction of Tannah Butterfield, 11, to learning that her foster parents would be adopting her was caught on camera on October 2 by her school's video surveillance in South Jordan, Utah.

CBS News affiliate KUTV-TV reports 11-year-old Tannah Butterfield says it's proof that dreams really can come true. "My heart was so happy, it was like, 'Ahhh!' It was screaming".

The sixth grader jumped into Alexander's arms and gave her the biggest hug. She just held me tight. "I just kissed her up one side and down the other side".

Tannah's soon-to-be mom is grateful for the video.

"I said, 'You get your forever family, honey, '" Alexander told local news station KSL. "We did the right thing". Alexander was so touched that she shared the video on social media. She stated "I cry as I write this". In 12 years at this activity, this is by a wide margin my best minute ever!

To tell a young lady that she gets her family always takes the cake. "We didn't all know it was going to happen like that". "There's joy that happens every day", Alexander said.

11-year-old's touching reaction to adoption news captured on school's camera