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    Anna and Zach Dennis surprise teen with adoption, a YouTube sensation

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    NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Nineteen-year-old Meredith got a very special holiday surprise in November, a forever family to call her own.

    Zach and Anna Dennis allowed Meredith, who is nine years younger than them into their home in October. She had been living with her grandparents and then roommates but says she was making "poor decisions." Within a month, Zach says he knew it was God's calling to have her in their lives permanently.

    "My heart was broken she had to live that long without parents and anybody would have to go through that," says Zach Dennis. "In the last two months, she's blossomed and it's amazing to see."

    Anna and Zach, a young couple, also have two other children.

    "I almost feel too young some days to have a two-year-old and a baby," says Anna Dennis , 28.

    "I always wanted to call somebody dad and never got that chance to," says Meredith Dennis, 19. 

    Anna is a teacher and mentored Meredith when she was in high school. Meredith's mother died when she was six years old. Her grandparents raised her.

    The young couple sat down with Meredith and surprised her with the news that they would officially adopt her.

    The emotional moment was put on YouTube, where it garnered over 16,000 hits in about two weeks.

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