PHOENIX – A teacher is overjoyed after adopting her favorite student as her own son.
“I used to always tell my husband, ‘There’s a kid at school and if I could adopt, I would adopt a kid just like him,'” Jodi Kacz told KPNX.
Kacz is a teacher at Manuel Pena Jr. School in Phoenix. She taught Orlando as a fourth grader in 2014 and felt an instant connection with the sweet boy.
Kacz has a heart condition which prevents her from having kids of her own. She always dreamed of someday adopting a child.
One day later that semester, one of Orlando’s friends told Kacz that Orlando was in foster care. Kacz was shocked.
“I had no idea this beautiful child I fell in love with was up for adoption,” Kacz said. “Eventually I said, ‘This is meant to be. This connection I feel is from above.’”
Orlando was born in Arizona, spent some time in an orphanage in Mexico, and eventually came back to Arizona to live with a foster family, KPNX reports. He always dreamed of having a family.
On November 19, his dream finally came true, just in time for the holidays.
Watch the heartwarming story below: