A 5-year-old boy in Michigan invited his whole kindergarten class to his adoption hearing last week and warmed hearts across the world.
The little boy, Michael Clark Jr., became legally adopted by his foster parents of one year, Andrea Melvin and Dave Eaton last Thursday, WOOD TV reported.,
Michael had a number of his classmates from Wealthy Elementary in East Grand Rapids supporting him in the courtroom.
“I understand we are joined by Michael’s kindergarten classroom and teacher.” 17th Circuit Court Family Division Judge Patricia Gardner said at the beginning of the hearing during the Kent County court’s annual Adoption Day.
A photo shared by Kent County on Facebook showed Michael sitting next to his adoptive parents. Behind them, his classmates happily waved paper hearts on sticks.
During the hearing, each child introduced themselves and explained why they had come to celebrate little Michael’s adoption.
“Michael is my best friend.” a little boy named Steven said.
“My name is Lily and I love Michael.” a little girl told Judge Patricia.
Michael’s teacher, Kerry McKee, said, “We began the school year as a family. Family doesn’t have to be DNA, because family is support and love.”
She also added that there was a special lesson for the children in the trip to the courthouse. “The lesson is put a little love in your heart. We rise when we support others.” she said.
Michael’s dad revealed Michael had asked for his kindergarten class to be there. “We asked him and he said ‘You know, the class is kind of my family.’ And he wanted them to be there,” Eaton told the station.
“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,” the Honorable Judge Patricia Gardner said, according to local ABC affiliate 13 On Your Side.
“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.'”
Kent county officials reveal there wasn’t a dry eye in the courtroom as Michael was adopted.
This is so precious. We wish this family all the best.