School office manager breaks adoption news to student. But her reaction—security footage goes viral

October 10, 2017 11:42 am Last Updated: October 10, 2017 3:42 pm

Who doesn’t love a good surprise?

When 11-year-old Tannah Butterfield recently went to school she was a little nervous. Her foster parents had a court date and if everything went as planned, they would officially be allowed to adopt her and her two younger siblings. It was something everyone had dreamed about for a long time.

Security footage of the moment Tannah learned of the court’s decision is now going viral.

Can you guess what the court said?

*I give permission to all media outlets to use this video and post with credit to: Jackie Alexander (and American Heritage of South Jordan) Thank you* Some Mondays are better than others. I share this with permission from the parent of this student. This is pure testament that in a world full of turmoil and strife, there is still light and joy to be found in little everyday moments. A dear family I know has been fighting for as long as I can remember to adopt 3 of their foster children that attend our school. It's been hard to watch them fight this emotional battle. My love has grown for this family and I have learned so much from them as they have tried to remain positive despite many set backs. Today my phone rang at my desk and it was my friend Jen telling me things FINALLY had come to an end and the courts were going to let them ADOPT the children!! She asked me if I would be sure to tell her sweet girl when she came to my desk for her daily visit. She knew she would want to know right away because she had been so worried. I don't think even I could understand myself what that moment would feel like. Our security cameras caught the moment perfectly. I cry as I type this. In 12 years at this job, this is by far my best moment ever!! 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 a million more after the film cuts off. A moment needed after waking up to another morning of devastating news on t.v….but a sweet reminder today that life can be and still is beautiful in spite of it all. ♥️#americanheritageofsouthjordan

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In the video, which was taken from a security camera inside American Heritage School in South Jordan, Utah, Jackie Alexander, the school’s office manager, told Tannah the exciting news.

“I said, ‘You get your forever family, honey,’ and then you see her jump into my arms,” Alexander told KSL.

According to KSL, there have been several setbacks due to a “parental rights case lasting more than two years.” But finally the Butterfield siblings, ages 2, 6, and 11, will officially become a part of the Fisher family.

Jennifer Fisher, Tannah’s adoptive mother, told Alexander to deliver the good news to Tannah.


After Fisher found out that she and her husband were granted permission to formally adopt Tannah and her siblings, she called the school and alerted Alexander. She wanted her to break the news to her soon-to-be adopted child.

The two, who have become friends, embraced each other and couldn’t let go. Both Alexander and Tannah were overjoyed.

“My heart felt like it was going to explode, literally going to explode,” Tannah told Fox News.

Although it was a long and often difficult journey, the Fishers say it was absolutely worth it.

After learning of her happy ending, Tannah, who called foster care “horrible,” shared some encouraging words for children in foster care.

“You will get adopted. You will find good people and that you will always have someone to love you.”

Just like Tannah.