One local man got the ultimate gift of love for his birthday, which just happens to fall on Valentine's Day, and the video is being shared all over social media. He received word that he has officially adopted his step-daughter of 11 years and her last name had been changed to his own.
Refugio residents David "Tudy" Trevino and Angel Trevino have been married for 10 years. HaLeigh was just 9 months old when Angel met David.
"From day one he has accepted her as his own, immediately," Angel said.
David said as Haleigh grew older, she always asked why her last name was different.
"Shes been trying to write her name as Trevino in school for years now, but she had to go by the name on the birth certificate," David said.
The couple had talked about David becoming HaLeigh's legal father for quite some time, and began the process in November.
Angel said once the process began, everything happened pretty quickly. She said it was hard to keep the official news quiet for the surprise.
In the video, you can see David, sitting next to HaLeigh, with the letter which Angel asks him to read aloud. It does not take long before David gets visibly emotional.
"I kinda knew right away what it was," David said. "When I started reading it, everyone knows I don't cry. But this little girl stole my heart. I couldn't hold it in. It was a big lump in my throat. I didn't want to cry, I tried not to."
They have received an overwhelming response from the video and even said they had to turn off their phones due to notifications. At the time of writing, the post has been shared over 450 times. Angel said she hopes that maybe this video will encourage others to begin the process of legal adoption.
"I've had so many people message and ask how did you do it, because people don't know, and I hope this encourages people to go for it," Angel said.
Now, HaLeigh will be able to write "Trevino" as her last name on all of her school work, legally.
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