Girl Surprises Stepdad With Photo Book Adoption Gift
A man is brought to tears as he flicks through the pages of a photo book given to him as a gift by his step-daughter before turning to the last page and discovering a picture asking him to adopt her.
Gus Roman, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has been raising Alexa Figueroa, 13, since she was just two-years-old after her dad, Eddie, tragically lost his life just a week before her first birthday.
He has a son, Noah, with Alexa’s mom Mia, and after the couple got married Noah, 7, asked Mia if she was going to change her surname and if Alexa would change hers too so they could all be ‘Roman’.
Worried she would lose a piece of her dad, Alexa wasn’t sure, but Mia explained she could hyphenate her surname to Figueroa-Roman and that she was lucky to have two dads.
She immediately loved the idea and the three set about planning how to surprise Gus with the news - who had always wanted to adopt Alexa but chose to wait until it was her decision.
They decided to use Father’s Day - the same day Eddie lost his life - as the day to break the happy news to Gus to add happiness to what has always been a sad day for the family.
In the heartwarming clip, Noah gives presents to Gus first, so not to raise suspicion, before Alexa gifts Gus the book packed with cherished memories of them together including dances and their first photo.
Already emotional, he turns to the last page and breaks down as he finds a photo of Alexa holding a sign reading ‘Hey Dad! 10 years seems long enough don’t ya think?! Wanna adopt me?’
Adoption means that the connection between the child and the caregiver is legal and binding on both parties, not just convenient. This amazing connection between the Gus and Alexa is unbreakable and this legal document will make their bond even tighter, they will all be a family will the same last name.
This is a video is a true definition of love and respect! Even though Gus wanted to adopt Alexa a long time ago, he waited for her to decide. He is a great dad who loves his daughter and respects her!
Peace is the beauty of life. It is sunshine. It is the smile of a child, the love of a mother, the joy of a father, the togetherness of a family. It is the advancement of man, the victory of a just cause, the triumph of truth.
Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad. That brings us to this heartwarming adoption proposal to stepfather from four kids!
Hank Blankenship’s family were also having a gathering with other close relatives in their home in Salem, Virginia when Hank was asked to take a seat in the middle of the salon and outcomes Hank’s step-daughter, Cassidy, carrying a big piece of cardboard.
Then she starts signing to everybody, explaining how grateful she is for Hank, before unfolding the cardboard to reveal a sign saying ‘Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad’, reducing Hank to tears in an instant.
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