Dozens of tiny children waved pink and purple hearts on picket sticks because the choose dabbed her eyes with tissues.
When 5-year-old Michael Orlando Clark Jr. went to the Kent County courthouse in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for his adoption hearing, he introduced a supportive contingent. His whole kindergarten class got here alongside on a area journey to cheer the brand new household.
Michael began residing together with his adoptive mother and father as a foster little one somewhat over a yr in the past. When the adoption hearing was getting shut, his instructor prompt the classmate area journey, his mother and father told CNN. They thought it might be a good way to make the massive day particular for Michael and his pals.
“We asked him and he was just like, you know, the class is kind of my family and he wanted them to be there,” his new dad, Dave Eaton, instructed WOOD, TV8.
“We began the school year as a family,” Clark’s instructor, Kerry McKee, mentioned in courtroom. “Family doesn’t have to be DNA, because family is support and love.”
The choose requested every little one to face up, introduce themselves and clarify what Michael means to them.
“Michael is my best friend,” Steven mentioned.
“I love Michael,” mentioned Lily.
Others chimed in with comparable, candy sentiments.
Michael and his new mother and father banged the gavel collectively on the finish of the ceremony, making the adoption official. His classmates applauded wildly.
“Sometimes their journeys have been very long, they’ve included miracle and change for the children and family and incredible community support as you’re able to see today in Michael’s adoption hearing,” Decide Patricia Gardner instructed 13ABC.
“His whole kindergarten class and school being here to say ‘we love you,’ and ‘we support you’ and ‘we’ll be here not only today but in all the years in the future.'”
Cheering kindergarteners pack courthouse for boy’s adoption hearing
Kindergarten class in Michigan joins their 5-year-old classmate in courtroom for his official adoption.