Life Video

By Randal Coombs

This is the tearjerking moment a young boy is adopted for a surprise Christmas present.

Leah Kiphart, from Lancaster, Ohio, saw her family of seven expand into a family of eight, as she presented her nephew, Carter Wyles, with adoption papers on Christmas Day.

Carter, 11, was spending the day with his aunt and cousins, and had already received a number of gifts, including toys, clothes and headphones.

Opening a final box, which contained a picture of Leah’s family, a note asked Carter if he wanted to join them.

Instantly overcome with emotion, Carter’s voice breaks as he finishes reading the note before being comforted.

Leah said: “Carter came to us because he’d been having a less than desired home life with his biological family.

“This was not planned.

“We discussed with our other children Sunday night and shared with him Monday morning.

The moment was filmed so Carter would always have a special memory of the day.

Leah added: “Carter isn’t just the lucky one in all of this.

“We are blessed to have him as part of our family.

“He’s a good little boy.

“We all have a lot of adjusting to do and will continue to keep Carter in prayer as he heals and transitions into our family.”