As a foster child, being adopted by a loving family is easily the best feeling in the world.
So, imagine 3-year-old Michael Brown’s excitement when he was finally adopted after spending a total of 832 days in foster care!
On Feb. 14, 2015, when sweet little Michael was only 18 months old, he was placed with his third foster family–Tara Montgomery and her two daughters. Originally, Michael was supposed to reunite with his biological mother–but those plans fell through leaving her rights severed. However, there was a bright side to this setback–Montgomery could now legally adopt Michael.
“As a single parent, I was not looking to adopt, just to help kids during transition,” Montgomery told The Huffington Post. “But that changed with Michael. It felt like he was a part of our family right from the start.”
On Dec. 20, 2016, her family was officially finalized–Montgomery adopted Michael in Phoenix after 832 days waiting for a loving home to call his own.
And, Michael isn’t hiding his excitement. “He wakes in the morning and says, ‘Mom, I so happy,'” Montgomery said. You can also see the absolute happiness in his eyes in the photos Michael’s adoptive sister Dezhianna Brown tweeted from the day of his adoption–they even got over 57k retweets and 143k likes.
“If this can inspire just one person to make a difference in the life of a child, we are happy,” Montgomery said in response to her adoptive son’s internet fame.