- A teenager identified as Gavin got his stepdad emotional after he and his mum organised an unofficial adoption ceremony
- The young boy is already 18 and could no longer be legally adopted under Scottish law, so he and his mum thought out of the box
- In a video that has warmed people's hearts on social media, the duo could be seen exchanging vows as they were joined together as father and son
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An 18-year-old boy identified as Gavin has surprised his stepdad, Chris, with an unofficial adoption ceremony.
In a video that was shared on Instagram by @nowthisnews, the adoptive father could be seen getting emotional as the person officiating the adoption ceremony read out Gavin's mum's statement.
Gavin's mum, Lyndsey, noted that her son couldn't have asked for a better father, adding that Chris has been the one in his life since he was four.
The statement read in part:
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"They say that love is thicker than water. But I know that isn't true. Because my son couldn't ask for a better dad."
According to Lyndsey, Chris taught her son how to lay the bed and both have gone to concerts together and enjoyed family holidays.
Lyndsey said Chris, who recently turned 43 took her son to his primary and secondary schools.
Scottish law couldn't stop them
Since Gavin could no longer be legally adopted under Scottish law because he is already an adult, the teenager and his mum planned the unofficial adoption on Chris' 43rd birthday.
Both Gavin and Chris exchanged vows as they were joined together as father and son. They could be seen in the adorable video hugging each other tightly.
Social media reacts
An Instagram user with the handle @elodiedeemusic said:
"So I’m just wondering… my eyes are swimming for some reason…"
"This is just beautiful."
"Anyone else in tears."
"Best Story of the day, I love stories like this. Beautiful."
"Note to self: do not watch these videos while waiting for your lunch at your job’s cafeteria."
27-year-old man wants to be adopted: "I just need to feel loved"
Earlier, Briefly News reported that a 27-year-old man has opened up about his struggles to belong in a family and now wants to be adopted.
Peter Kipkorir said growing up, he only knew his mother and grandmother and has never met his father.
"I was born in Narok but I have lived in Nakuru for the past 12 years," Kipkorir said.