A 16-year-old teenager was given a forever family when he asked his high school teacher to adopt him.
Anthony Berry had been in the foster care system since 2010, when he met his English teacher, Bennie Berry at Pathways Learning Center in Beaumont, Texas last November. While Anthony had previously said he never wanted to be adopted, it only took three months from the pair's initial meeting for him to ask her to become his mother.
According to ABC, Bennie thought Anthony was joking around when he asked her to look at a website. She told him she'd only see it when he finished his work.
"Finish your assignment and then you can show me the website," Bennie recalled telling future son. "Then later I found out that it was really an option to adopt him, so we pushed forward."
Describing her son as an "ideal" and model" student, the pair couldn't handle their excitement during the days leading up to the adoption ceremony.
"I told mom, I was like, 'I don’t think I’m going to be able to sleep,'" Anthony said. "She was like, 'I don’t think I am either.'"
Anthony and Bennie officially became mother and son on Nov. 17, where Anthony was the oldest of 18 children to be adopted at the Jefferson County court.
"If you have ever thought about adoption or didn't want to be adopted, actually try it because you never know," Anthony told 12 News. "Take into consideration that someone that doesn't love you, there is always someone that will love you."
"I'll know she'll always be there for me," he added.
Bennie echoed her son's sentiments, adding she couldn't be happier with her decision.
"I have a son. I’m more than elated," she said. "I have a son for the rest of my life."
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