An adopted boy’s social worker went above and beyond to help find him the right home after his adoptive family gave him up (video below).
A family originally adopted the boy, named Taylor, in 2003 along with his two sisters. His parents then decided he was too angry, and chose to give him back.
“It was always somewhat my fault, but I didn’t realize that, you know, when I was growing up,” Taylor said, LittleThings reported.
His social worker, Connie, worked for 10 years to get him adopted and watched as he was always labeled a “bad kid.”
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“Every child is adoptable,” Connie said. “There’s a family for every child.”
"I was just so mad because I thought that they weren’t going to keep me," Taylor, who was neglected by his drug-addicted biological parents, said of the family who adopted him. "I was just trying to test them.”
Connie never gave up, working tirelessly to find him the right home.
“All I could think about was how he was feeling and how he was blaming himself, again,” she said. Ten years later, she finally found him a home -- her own. She filed paperwork and legally became his mother.
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“He’d go, ‘I’m leaving. I hate this,” she said. “And I’d be like, ‘I’m not sending you away, Taylor.’ And he would look over at me, take his backpack off and head back in.”
Despite his tough exterior, Taylor said he was happy to finally be in a good home with someone who loves him.
“This is where I belong,” he said. “She knows my worst side, and she still cares about me and still loves me.”
The story quickly went viral, with some readers trying to understand the family’s thought process behind their decision to give him up in the first place.
“Unless you're a foster parent and dealing with it yourself personally, you shouldn't judge the family,” one reader wrote on Shared’s Facebook page. "You go through so many different emotions as a foster parent and personal battles that you can never understand unless you're in the situation"