Two foster parents in Ohio sat nervously waiting in the courtroom for the judge to make a decision on their adoption application.
But all anxious feelings would soon be replaced by happiness. When the judge officially makes them the parents of their foster child, their boy shouts one word that reduces everyone to tears.
Mandi and Tyler Palmer, from Perrysburg, had always dreamed of becoming parents. They got married in 2014 but were unable to conceive as Mandi suffers with Crohn’s disease.
However, the desire for children was so great that the couple began to look at adoption and fostering.
“We were scared. We kind of danced around the idea for a little bit. Then we prayed on it, and we just felt like God pushed us to do it,” Mandi said according to PEOPLE.
Mandi and Tyler registered as foster parents and in that same week they got the call to take in a baby.
Had the chance to adopt the boy
Hunter was just 8 days old when he was given to Mandi and Tyler and the couple went through the “roller coaster ride of foster care” for a year.
When Hunter was 16 months old, they were given the chance to adopt him and jumped at the chance to officially make him their son.
On Dec. 18, 2017, the couple went to a local courthouse to sign the adoption paperwork.
“It was very emotional, in a good way,” said Mandi according to NDT.
“We had all of our family and friends there. At the end of the court process, the judge announced [Hunter’s] new legal name. And they read the adoption decree and that’s when Hunter looked at my husband and he shouted out, ‘Dad!'”
Find out more about this special story in the video below.
I’m so happy that Hunter found Mandi and Tyler; it’s a dream come true for this couple who so desperately wanted a child.
Every child deserves a loving home. Please share this heartwarming tale with your friends and family.