PLAINFIELD, Ill. – Most graduation parties are centered on giving gifts for the graduate, but one Illinois teen took the opportunity to give a very special gift to her mother’s boyfriend.
Once Lauren Hernandez’s friends and family had gathered at her Plainfield home, she presented a wrapped box to Joe Iosco, who has dated her mom for the past 17 years.
Joe opened the box and read a framed poem he found inside, but beneath the poem was a bigger surprise, adoption papers that would legally make Lauren his daughter.
Joe’s knees then gave out and he sank to the ground. Tears flowed from both his and Lauren’s eyes as they hugged, and their loved ones cheered around them.
When asked why she wanted Joe to legally adopt her, Lauren told CBS Chicago that Iosco made her feel completely loved.
Iosco says that he has been in Lauren’s life since she was a one year old and loves being a father to her. As for Lauren’s gift of adoption papers, he says it was “one of the best things I’ve ever received in my life.”