Toddler shouts one word during adoption process, making the judge think he made the right decision

Cheryl Kahla
Apr 12, 2018
02:21 P.M.
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Expanding a family is a big decision, but Mandi and Tyler Palmer knew they were ready for the challenges of parenthood. 


Mandi became despondent every time a pregnancy test showed a negative result. She realized that living with Crohn's disease would just bring complications she wasn't ready for.

While doctors were still hopeful that she could conceive, Mandi considered adoption instead. As reported by Liftable, their journey started in January 2017.

Mandi and Tyler made it a matter of prayer, and their dreams soon came true. Still, they decided to take it one step at a time and made sure their paperwork was up to date. 

"We kept hearing the cry for foster parents in our area. So we talked about it and prayed about it, and we signed up for the classes.”


Mandi Tyler, Liftable, February 9, 2018. 


Soon they were licensed as foster-to-adopt parents. They received the call they were waiting for just one week later. The adoption agency informed them about a baby boy called Hunter.

They fostered Hunter for an entire year, and Mandi describes it as a rollercoaster ride. While the adoption process was tedious, Hunter brought joy to their lives. 

On February 8, 2018, they went to the courthouse to sign the paperwork. Mandi said it was a very emotional time, and she was terrified that Hunter would be taken away from them. 

The court case went off without a hitch, but the best was still in store. Right after the judge announced Hunter's new legal surname, Hunter turned to Tyler and said "Dad!" 

It was an exceptional moment for the new parents, and the judge knew that he had made the right decision: Hunter already accepted Mandi and Tyler as his parents. 

The young family was now ready to start their lives together, without the fear that they might lose their beloved baby boy. Mandi firmly believes that God pushed them in the right direction.