Texas 16-year-old asks teacher to adopt him, and she does

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BEAUMONT, Texas – A teenager who has been in foster care since he was 9 years old has a new family, just in time for the holidays.

Anthony, 16, said he didn’t think he ever wanted to be adopted – until he met Bennie Berry.

Berry was his English teacher, and now she is a first-time mom after Anthony asked her to adopt him.

Berry told KBMT at first she thought Anthony was making jokes when he brought it up, telling her he wanted to show her a website.

“Finish your assignment, and then you can show me the website,” she told Anthony, according to  ABC News. “Then later I found out that it was really an option to adopt him, so we pushed forward.”

The adoption became official last week. Mom and son couldn’t be happier.

“I have a son. I’m more than elated,” Berry told ABC News. “I have a son for the rest of my life.”