A Texas teen got an early present this holiday season when his former teacher adopted him. Anthony Berry, 16, had never wanted to be adopted until he met Bennie Berry at Pathways Learning Center in Beaumont, Texas. Anthony had been Bennie’s student in her English class last November and it came as a total shock to the educator that he wanted her to adopt him in January.
‘Well, at first I thought he was making jokes until he actually explained the situation,’ said Bennie to 12 News. ‘And then we lock a deal: Finish an assignment and then you can show me the website.’
The teen – who had been in the foster care system since he was nine – asked his soon-to-be mother to look at a website with information on the adoption process. Anthony was one of 18 children who were adopted in Jefferson County on Friday. He believes children should always be hopeful.
‘If you have ever thought about adoption or didn’t want to be adopted, actually try it because you never know,’ he added. ‘Take into consideration that someone that doesn’t love you, there is always someone that will love you.’ And for his new mother.
She says she loves how much of an ‘ideal’ and ‘model’ student the boy is. ‘I have a son. I’m more than elated,’ she said to ABC News. ‘I have a son for the rest of my life.’
This is how people reacted to this post:
Mark Key – These are the stories I like to hear. He seems like such a upstanding young man and I’m so glad he finally has a home to call his own.
Sondra D – Wonderful story, so many kids just want someone to love them unconditionally.
Faith Walking – The judge called us the paparazzi at my cousin’s adoption. So many people showed up to celebrate and take pictures
Boats Rich – I think that is awesome. I have been thinking of adopting a older child, but I am not sure how.
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