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Tearjerking moment when a man flicks through a photo album given to him by his stepdaughter and comes to the final page - and a picture of her with a sign saying 'wanna adopt me?'

  • Gus Roman from Philadelphia has looked after Alexa Figueroa since she was two
  • Her father died a week before her first birthday and she has close bond with Gus
  • Alexa, 13, gave him a photo album on Father's Day with pictures of them together
  • The last picture shows her holding a sign which is asking him 'Wanna adopt me?'

By Phoebe Southworth For Mailonline

Published: 06:32 EDT, 16 July 2018 | Updated: 14:22 EDT, 16 July 2018

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Heartwarming footage shows a young girl asking her stepfather to adopt her with an adorable photo album message.

Alexa Figueroa, 13, can be seen fidgeting excitedly in her chair next to Gus Roman in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as he flicks through her Father's Day gift.

And when Gus reaches the last photo he is overwhelmed with emotion - it is a picture of Alexa holding a sign asking if he wants to be her adoptive parent.

It reads: ‘Hey Dad! 10 years seems long enough don’t ya think?! Wanna adopt me?’ 

Holding his head in his hands, his eyes well with tears. She gives him a big hug and laughs.

'Of course I do!' he tells her. 

Gus has raised Alexa since she was two years old after her father passed away a week before her first birthday.

He has a seven-year-old son called Noah with Alexa's mother Mia. It was Noah who asked if his half sister was going to change her surname so they could all be 'Roman'.

Gus Roman flicks through an adorable photo album showing pictures of the two of them. In the last photo Alexa holds a sign asking him to be her adoptive father
Gus Roman flicks through an adorable photo album showing pictures of the two of them. In the last photo Alexa holds a sign asking him to be her adoptive father
Gus Roman flicks through an adorable photo album showing pictures of the two of them. In the last photo Alexa holds a sign asking him to be her adoptive father
Gus Roman flicks through an adorable photo album showing pictures of the two of them. In the last photo Alexa holds a sign asking him to be her adoptive father

Gus Roman flicks through an adorable photo album showing pictures of the two of them. In the last photo Alexa holds a sign asking him to be her adoptive father

The heartwarming last photo in the album Alexa made for her stepfather asking him to be her adoptive parent
The heartwarming last photo in the album Alexa made for her stepfather asking him to be her adoptive parent

The heartwarming last photo in the album Alexa made for her stepfather asking him to be her adoptive parent

Close family: Alexa with her half brother Noah, her mother Mia and her stepfather Gus
Close family: Alexa with her half brother Noah, her mother Mia and her stepfather Gus

Close family: Alexa with her half brother Noah, her mother Mia and her stepfather Gus

Mia, the pair's mother, suggested she hyphenate her surname to Figueroa-Roman to keep a little piece of her birth father with her.

Gus had always wanted to adopt Alexa but wanted to wait for her to ask herself if that was what she wanted.

Alexa holding the photo album she made for her stepfather, showing the life-changing picture on the final page
Alexa holding the photo album she made for her stepfather, showing the life-changing picture on the final page

Alexa holding the photo album she made for her stepfather, showing the life-changing picture on the final page

Gus and Alexa when she was a little girl. The doting father had always wanted to adopt her
Gus and Alexa when she was a little girl. The doting father had always wanted to adopt her

Gus and Alexa when she was a little girl. The doting father had always wanted to adopt her

An adorable picture of Alexa and Gus on the front of the Father's Day photo album she gave him
An adorable picture of Alexa and Gus on the front of the Father's Day photo album she gave him

An adorable picture of Alexa and Gus on the front of the Father's Day photo album she gave him

The family decided they would surprise Gus on Father's Day, the same day Alexa's father died. 

They wanted to make happy memories on the heartbreaking anniversary and Mia filmed the emotion moment.

Unbreakable bond: Alexa and Gus have always been close. Gus didn't want to pressure Alexa into him adopting her so waited to see if she would ask
Unbreakable bond: Alexa and Gus have always been close. Gus didn't want to pressure Alexa into him adopting her so waited to see if she would ask

Unbreakable bond: Alexa and Gus have always been close. Gus didn't want to pressure Alexa into him adopting her so waited to see if she would ask

Some of the adorable photos Alexa included in the Father's Day album as a present for Gus
Some of the adorable photos Alexa included in the Father's Day album as a present for Gus
Some of the adorable photos Alexa included in the Father's Day album as a present for Gus
Some of the adorable photos Alexa included in the Father's Day album as a present for Gus

Some of the adorable photos Alexa included in the Father's Day album as a present for Gus

Noah gives presents to his father first then hangs off his shoulder affectionately as he carefully flicks through Alexa's photo album.

Among the pictures was Gus and Alexa's first ever photo together when she was a little girl.

He begins to cry when he learns she wants him to be her adoptive father.

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