Utah girl learns she's been adopted

  • Tannah Butterfield, 11, couldn't contain her excitement when she learned that she would be adopted by her foster family of two years
  • Surveillance footage captured the moment her school's office administrator, Jackie Alexander, gave her the news
  • Jennifer and Jeff Fisher will adopt Tannah and her two siblings
  • Jackie has known Tannah for two years and Tannah considers her a friend 

By Mollie Cahillane For Dailymail.com

Published: 10:33 EDT, 11 October 2017 | Updated: 13:21 EDT, 11 October 2017

A Utah school's security camera captured the emotional moment a Utah girl learned that she and her two siblings will be adopted by her foster family of two years.

Tannah Butterfield, 11, leaped into school office manager Jackie Alexander's arms when she shared the news with her.

Alexander, known as 'Ms. Jackie' to Tannah, has known the girl for almost two years and has become close friends with her soon-to-be adoptive parents.

Security camera footage captured the moment an employee at the American Heritage school of South Jordan told an 11-year-old girl she had been adopted by her foster family
Security camera footage captured the moment an employee at the American Heritage school of South Jordan told an 11-year-old girl she had been adopted by her foster family

Security camera footage captured the moment an employee at the American Heritage school of South Jordan told an 11-year-old girl she had been adopted by her foster family

Alexander shared the video on her Instagram, where it has now attracted national attention
Alexander shared the video on her Instagram, where it has now attracted national attention

Alexander shared the video on her Instagram, where it has now attracted national attention

Tannah (bottom right) and her two younger siblings  Teagun (bottom middle), 6, and Tallie (held by Jeff), 2, will join the Fisher's two biological children (bottom left and center)
Tannah (bottom right) and her two younger siblings  Teagun (bottom middle), 6, and Tallie (held by Jeff), 2, will join the Fisher's two biological children (bottom left and center)

Tannah (bottom right) and her two younger siblings  Teagun (bottom middle), 6, and Tallie (held by Jeff), 2, will join the Fisher's two biological children (bottom left and center)

'A dear family I know has been fighting for as long as I can remember to adopt three of their foster children that attend our school,' Alexander shared in an Instagram post. 

'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.'

The video shows Tannah embracing Alexander like she'll never let her go.

Tannah Butterfield leaped into Alexander's arms at the news she would be adopted
Tannah Butterfield leaped into Alexander's arms at the news she would be adopted

Tannah Butterfield leaped into Alexander's arms at the news she would be adopted

Alexander has become close with Tannah's soon-to-be adoptive parents and gave her the news
Alexander has become close with Tannah's soon-to-be adoptive parents and gave her the news

Alexander has become close with Tannah's soon-to-be adoptive parents and gave her the news

Tannah (center) says her foster parents take 'really good care of her'. Pictured with two biological siblings Teagun (second from left), 6, and Tallie (held), 2, and two adoptive siblings
Tannah (center) says her foster parents take 'really good care of her'. Pictured with two biological siblings Teagun (second from left), 6, and Tallie (held), 2, and two adoptive siblings

Tannah (center) says her foster parents take 'really good care of her'. Pictured with two biological siblings Teagun (second from left), 6, and Tallie (held), 2, and two adoptive siblings

'She just kept holding me tight, she kept holding me tighter and tighter,' Alexander said to CBS News.

Tannah stops by Alexander's desk every day for a short visit, so Tannah's soon-to-be parents Jen and Jeff Fisher called Alexander and asked her to share the news with the sixth-grader at the American Heritage school in South Jordan.

'In 12 years at this job, this is by far my best moment ever,' Alexander wrote. 

'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.'

Tannah has known Alexander for almost two years and stops by her desk every day to say hello
Tannah has known Alexander for almost two years and stops by her desk every day to say hello

Tannah has known Alexander for almost two years and stops by her desk every day to say hello

Tannah's soon-to-be parents Jen and Jeff Fisher called Alexander and asked her to share the news with her
Tannah's soon-to-be parents Jen and Jeff Fisher called Alexander and asked her to share the news with her

Tannah's soon-to-be parents Jen and Jeff Fisher called Alexander and asked her to share the news with her

'They are just caring, loving, they take really good care of me,' said Tannah. 'My heart was so happy, it was like, 'Ahhh!' It was screaming.'

The parents were shocked at the reaction to the video.

'We just feel like we're ordinary people that are taking care of three children that we love and we want to be part of our family,' Jen Fisher said to KSL.

Jen and Jeff Fisher were shocked at the reaction to the clip and said they think of themselves as ordinary people
Jen and Jeff Fisher were shocked at the reaction to the clip and said they think of themselves as ordinary people

Jen and Jeff Fisher were shocked at the reaction to the clip and said they think of themselves as ordinary people

'We really wanted the kids to be a part of our family,' Fisher said. 'It might take a long time but just stick with it and it will be worth it. 

Tannah got the news the day after the massacre in Las Vegas. Alexander said she posted the video on Instagram because she wanted to remind people that joy still does exist in the world.

The couple hopes the adoption of the three siblings will be finalized next month. Tannah, her siblings Teagun, 6, and Tallie, 2, will join the Fisher's two biological children.

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