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Teacher Adopts Her Student Who Was In Foster Care For 7 Years


Teacher Adopts Her Student Who Was In Foster Care For 7 Years

Anthony Berry, 16, is now with his forever family after he asked his teacher, Bennie Berry to adopt him.

Anthony had never wanted to be adopted — that is until he met Ms. Berry.

Berry is a teacher at Pathways Learning Center in Beaumont, Texas, and Anthony was her student. She says she was surprised to learn he wanted her to adopt him.

“Well, at first I thought he was making jokes until he actually explained the situation. And then we struck a deal: Finish an assignment and then you can show me the website.”

It was probably the fastest assignment he had ever completed.

Anthony was the oldest child out of the 18 to be adopted in Jefferson County on Friday. He said he thinks it’s never to late to start looking.

“It’s been amazing, we’ve learned a lot about each other,” Berry says, “and we’re still learning.”

The last few months have been a transformation for both of them, and Berry has been getting accustomed to taking Anthony to football practice and workouts—and making sure he is fed! But she wouldn’t have it any other way.

“Every kid deserves a chance,” she says. “I’m learning how to be a real mom. It’s been a wonderful experience, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. It’s worth it.”


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