PICS BY DEIDRE BLACKENHALL/CATERS NEWS (PICTURED: Devoted step-father, Hank has been an everpresent figue in his two step-children, Cassidy and Alexs lives for the last 13 years, and they have a very special surprise to pay him back) This is the adorable moment a devoted deaf step-dad is surprised with not one, but two adoption requests from his adoring step-daughter and step-son. During a family gathering in Salem, Virginia, USA, Hank Blankenship is mid-way through his dinner, when wife, Deidre, who is also deaf, asks him to take a seat in the middle of the room. Turning around suspiciously in his seat believing his family is about to play a prank on him, Hank, who has been a step-father to Deidres two children Alexander and Cassidy for 13-years, has no idea of the surprise about to transpire. But everything becomes a little clearer when now 15-year old, Cassidy, reveals a sign with the words Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad, instantly reducing Hank to tears. - SEE CATERS COPY

By Luke Kenton
This is the adorable moment a devoted deaf stepdad is surprised with not one, but two adoption requests from his adoring stepdaughter and stepson.
During a family gathering in Salem, Virginia, USA, Hank Blankenship is midway through his dinner, when his wife, Deidre, who is also deaf, asks him to take a seat in the middle of the room.
Turning around suspiciously in his seat, believing his family is about to play a prank on him, Hank, who has been a stepfather to Deidre’s two children, Alexander and Cassidy, for 13 years, has no idea of the surprise about to transpire.
But everything becomes a little clearer when now-15-year old Cassidy reveals a sign with the words, ‘Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad’, instantly reducing Hank to tears.
Quickly after, Hank and Deidre’s biological children, Savannah and Trey, step forward wearing matching t-shirts, emphasising …
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