Couple Notice Colossal Mistake 17 Years After Adopting 'Perfect' Baby Boy | 22 Words

They're never going to live this down!

Now, there are way too many children waiting to be adopted at the moment.

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But this has sadly been an ongoing problem for decades.

Did you know that right now, out of the 400,000 children in foster care here in the United States...

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With more than 100,000 of them waiting to be adopted?

Even though this is a heartbreaking reality...

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It isn't one that is going to be easily solved.

Being a parent isn't at all affordable...

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And for couples or aspiring-parents who aren't in a financially stable position, adopting a child always isn't a practical idea.

But it's always so worth it...

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As any parent will agree, raising a child is truly magical.

But little mistakes can be made when adopting a child...

Which is exactly what happened to one dim-witted couple recently after they realized the mistake they made with their son... seventeen years after they adopted him.

A woman shared the shocking story on TikTok, after seeing it on Reddit...

And reactions to the huge blunder came pouring in.

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TikTok user @mrsmedeiros, who regularly shares shocking stories she finds on Reddit, spoke about a white couple who adopted a baby from an Asian racial background.

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When they were first matched with the baby, they were smitten and promised the birth parents they'd raise him well, as per the Daily Star.

"We assured them the child would be loved which was the truth because we instantly fell in love with our baby boy," they said.

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After 8 months passed, the pair began to feel "twinges of guilt" that they hadn't made more of an effort to connect their son with his cultural roots.

So, they got in touch with people in the Chinese ex-pat community near where they lived...

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Including a couple who went on to become their son's "aunt and uncle" figures.

They enrolled him in Mandarin classes, the country's official language, as well as taking him on numerous family trips to China.

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However, seventeen years later, while helping him fill out his college application, they discovered they'd made a colossal mistake.

"Digging through my office for the needed paperwork, I came across his adoption papers and it was only then that I saw it."

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"Something so obvious, so painfully, brick-to-the-face obvious, something that neither my wife nor I, in the stupidity of our youth, had registered..."

Their son was Korean, not Chinese.

Since being shared, the TikTok has been liked more than 2.9 million times, with many praising the couple's efforts, regardless of the blunder.

Check out the full video below.

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