This sweet video of a girl asking her father figure to adopt her will make your day

Warning: This video will make you cry.

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  • Who says you can't choose who belongs in your family? You may change your mind after hearing Lauren Hernandez's story.

  • After graduating high school, Illinois teen Lauren Hernandez presented her mom's boyfriend of 17 years official adoption papers as a sign she was ready to make their father-daughter relationship official.

  • The papers were delivered in a gift-wrapped box. As he opened the package, Joe first came across a framed poem, followed by official adoption papers. At the sight of the legal documents, Joe instantly sunk to the ground, overwhelmed with emotion.

  • In an interview with CBS Chicago, Hernandez said, "I never doubted that he was my dad. The fact that it's going to be official makes me happy."

  • Joe and Lauren will touch your heart and leave you speechless. Watch as this young teen and her now father teach the world the true meaning of unconditional love.

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Hannah Rose is a content writer for Deseret Digital Media. She loves to run, sing and dance in her spare time.

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