One Florida family is in celebration mode, after they officially adopted a 2-yea-old girl who has been in the foster care system since she was just 7 days old, according to Fox News.
Although the local courthouses remain closed due to the coronavirus, the toddler’s adoption hearing was held over Zoom, and was followed up with a car parade by members of their foster care community.
Cayela and Evan Moody adopted Isla after taking care of her for 700 days, as Action News Jax reports.
Isla was welcomed by her new mom, dad, and four older siblings, and officially became a Moody during a virtual adoption hearing conducted via Zoom by a judge from the Duval County Courthouse, per CBS News.
Evan Moody said that his family had “an immediate connection” to Isla after welcoming her into their home and life at just one week old.
The Jacksonville couple submitted paperwork to officially adopt the little girl back in February, but faced delays as the coronavirus impacted the nation.
On April 30, the family gathered around in their living room to attend the emotional virtual adoption court.
The judge signed the finalized adoption papers virtually, declaring Isla’s adoption.
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“I thought we would plan a party to thank everyone who loved her after social distancing restrictions were limited,” Cayela told the outlet. “But, I also knew that they truly wanted to be a part of the day.”
“Because Evan is in the military, we sadly do not have family close,” she continued. “So, the parade consisted of a lot of Fostering Hope members, other foster families we have walked alongside, and some of our church members as well.”
“Foster children need people that are willing to raise their hands and say, ‘I can be forever,’” she said
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As if the happy moment couldn’t get any sweeter, the Moody’s were greeted by a spirited car parade by members of their foster care community group Fostering Hope and other friends soon after, celebrating the good news, CBS News reports.