Real life ‘Matilda’ was adopted by a teacher after 1,445 days of being cared for

Loralie, from La Verne, in Los Angeles, first got her foster care job when she was four years old (Image: ABC)

A nine-year-old schoolgirl was adopted by her second grade teacher in the story ‘Real-life Matilda’.

Loralie Henry, from La Verne, Los Angeles, first got her foster care job when she was 4 years old.

At the age of five, she returned to live with her biological mother, but at the age of six, she was in foster care again.

Now, after 1,445 days in her care, Loralie has been adopted by one of her former teachers in a story that runs through the pages of the Roald Dahl classic.

To speak KABC-TV of her experience, Loralie said being in foster care was ‘really scary’.

“I didn’t know what to expect from other homes or what they would feed me,” she said.

‘I really didn’t know what to do. So I thought, “Well, what should I do? Is anyone waiting for me? “I was really scared.

‘Until I met my mother. My second grade teacher. ‘

It’s like Matilda and Miss Honey (Image: Moviestore/REX/Shutterstock)

Loralie added: ‘I remember the moment when we were sitting by the car, she said, “You’re coming with me.”

‘I am very surprised and happy.

‘It’s like an original gift.’

Zoe Henry is a teacher with no plans to adopt but she says that changed the moment she met Loralie two years ago.

Zoe said KABC-TV: ‘She walked into my class, and I just looked at her – her little freckles, her little birthmark.

‘I will adopt this girl. She is my daughter. As soon as I laid eyes on her. ‘

Zoe Harvey adopted Loralie after the nine-year-old spent 1,145 days in foster care (Image: ABC)

Zoe initially thought Loralie would be adopted by another family, but when that didn’t happen, she begged the social workers to let her adopt.

Two days later, they did and Loralie moved in with Zoe.

The teacher said Loralie had faced a lot of obstacles but she was a ‘brave and strong’ girl.

‘She’s probably the kindest person I know. She wants to one day be a foster mom and adopt the kids,’ added Zoe.

On November 20, National Adoption Day in the US, Loralie was one of 165 children officially left the care of LA authorities and adopted forever by their family.

‘Biological parents have the right to dispute. That didn’t happen. I know her mother really loves her. I know she really wants to be a better part of her life,’ Zoe said.

“But like I told Loralie, her mother loved her so much that she was going to put her up for adoption so I could give her what she needed.”

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