Five-Year-Old Boy Invites His Entire Class To See Him Getting Adopted
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A five-year-old boy warmed hearts around the world when he invited his whole kindergarten class to witness him being legally adopted into his new family. Have a look at the video here, it's pretty emotional.
Throughout the hearing the kids in the public gallery of the court waved hearts on sticks and generally brought a more positive atmosphere to what can likely be - at times - a fairly depressing place.
They were also called upon during the proceedings to introduce themselves and tell the court why they were there to celebrate Michael's adoption.
Judge Patricia Gardner, presiding, must have had a tough job keeping herself together.
One kid, Steven, simply said: "Michael is my best friend."
Another offered: "My name is Lily and I love Michael."
Michael's teacher said: "We began the school year as a family. Family doesn't have to be DNA, because family is support and love."
Jeez, that's some wholesome content right there.
Once the gavel was banged, the formal process was ended and the whole courtroom burst into cheers and applause for Michael and his family.
Then, the court was reset and they did it all again!
That's because this Thursday was Kent County court's Adoption Day. Thirty-seven children legally became members of new adoptive families that day.
In a Facebook post, the court said that they were 'lovingly and officially welcomed by their families'.
Judge Gardener - who wore a special necklace of Christmas decorations for the occasion - told ABC 13's On Your Side: "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,"
She continued: "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'."
Outside the courtroom, there wasn't a dry eye in the house as Michael declared "I love my daddy!" to local TV. His dad certainly couldn't hold back the tears after that.
And who can blame him, eh?