Every child deserves love and security. But unfortunately, many children grow up without it.
Still, there are foster parents out there who try to give forgetten children the security they need.
Three years ago, Paige and Daniel Zezulka became foster parents of three young children whose greatest wish was to be adopted so they could feel safe and secure for once.
Paige and Daniel’s three foster children are still young, but they’ve experienced more heartbreak than most people.
Their oldest daughter, Ivey, wanted nothing more than to be adopted. It was the only way she could feel confident about the future.
Ivey was happy with Paige and Daniel but she still longed for the day when she’d be adopted.
For Paige and Daniel, there was never any doubt that Ivey and her two younger siblings would become a permanent part of their family. However, adoption is a long, complicated process.
When it came time to tell Ivey that that she was finally adopted, they decided to save it for a special occasion. And what better time than her birthday?
Completely unaware of what was about to happen, Ivey opened all her birthday presents before Daniel and Paige told her that she had “one more left.”
When Ivey opened the box, the tears flowed.
“I’m going to be adopted?” she asked in a video that her new parents posted to Facebook.
The video of Ivey’s reaction has more than 8.9 million views.
“We love you, sweetheart. We will always be your parents,” her dad, Daniel, says in the video.
On August 24, the adoption papers were completed and Ivey and her siblings were officially part of the family.
“She had been praying to be adopted and we found out on her birthday that it was going to happen! God’s timing was perfect! Our kids spent 1,128 days in foster care, over 3 years. It is so hard on children to live in such uncertainty,” Paige wrote on Facebook.
It’s amazing to see how joyful Ivey is. I was blown away by this wonderful moment. If you were also moved by it, please share it with your loved ones.
Watch Ivey’s reaction when she learns that she’s going to be adopted: