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Viral TikTok Video Captures Adopted Child’s Touching Birthday Realization of Love and Belonging



Quick Smiles:

  • A heartwarming TikTok video of adopted 4-year-old Elijah realizing how loved he is during his birthday celebration has gone viral, gaining 4.3 million views and sparking a conversation about adoption.
  • Abby Tiefel, Elijah’s adoptive mother, discusses their long and challenging adoption journey, sharing how they fostered Elijah from a young age and eventually adopted him after his biological parents’ rights were terminated, even agreeing to an open adoption at the request of his biological mother.
  • The touching video and Tiefel’s story serve as a reminder of the challenges and rewards of the adoption process, encouraging potential adopters to be prepared for the journey and highlighting the importance of providing a safe, loving, permanent home for children in need.

We all enjoy a good tear-jerker, but when that tear-jerker is filled with joy and warmth, it’s even more special.

Recently, an adorable and touching TikTok video has melted millions of hearts, with 4.3 million views so far.

The star of the video is a little birthday boy named Elijah, who suddenly realizes “how loved he is” in the midst of his birthday celebrations.

In the viral clip, 4-year-old Elijah is seen sitting at a table festively decorated with paper plates and napkins, his wide eyes locked on his enormous bowling ball birthday cake.

As loved ones sing ‘Happy Birthday’ around him, he looks around, breaking into a radiant smile before blowing out his candle.


“Our adoption journey has been a long road,” Elijah’s mother, Abby Tiefel, told Newsweek. Elijah had been in foster care since he was 14 months old.

Tiefel shared that Elijah’s biological parents were inconsistent in his life due to personal challenges, but that didn’t deter her from providing him a loving home.

Tiefel recounted that after several months of inconsistency, the Department of Child Safety (DCS) decided to terminate the parental rights of Elijah’s biological parents.

However, the situation took a hopeful turn when Elijah’s biological mother asked Abby if she would be willing to do an open adoption.

Tiefel and her family agreed to this, and they continue to keep in touch with Elijah’s biological mother, who is now pursuing her college degree.

According to the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, there are 391,000 children living in the U.S. foster care system, with over 113,000 of them waiting almost three years on average for an adoptive family.


Describing the adoption journey as a “long and tough ride,” Tiefel encourages those considering adoption to “buckle up, regardless of whether your case ends in reunification or adoption.”

Her words serve as a poignant reminder of the challenges but also the rewarding moments that come with the process.

Sharing her experience with fostering and adoption, she shared, “We were lucky to be a part of three different outcomes since fostering.”

One child found their forever family, another was successfully reunited with his mother, and then there was Elijah, who they were privileged to adopt.

Tiefel highlighted that the goal should always be safe permanency for the child, “A safe, loving, permanent home.”

Viewers on TikTok were deeply moved by the clip.


“What a blessing to feel that as a child. thank you for giving that to him,” commented one user.

Another said: “Omg, he is so precious. Such a touching moment. I would love to send him a birthday card.”

While Elijah’s story tugs at heartstrings, it also serves as a heartwarming reminder of the transformative power of love and adoption.

It’s a gentle nudge to consider how we can make a difference in the lives of children longing for a safe and loving home.