A Michigan boy had a crowd of supporters on his special day in an adorable courtroom scene marking Kent County’s 23rd annual Adoption Day.

The young boy named Michael Clark Jr. had invited his entire kindergarten class from Wealthy Elementary in East Grand Rapids to attend his adoption hearing Thursday morning, Dec. 5, according to WZZM.

Thiry-six children held up hearts on sticks to celebrate their classmate’s big day. Each of them introduced themselves and told the Judge why they were there. Many expressed their love for Michael.

“We began the school year as a family,” Michael’s teacher said. “Family doesn’t have to be DNA, because family is support and love.”

“Michael is my best friend,” his classmate, Steven said.

Dave Eaton and Andrea Melvin became Michael’s foster parents about a year ago. On Thursday, the courtroom erupted with applause after they became his forever parents.

Michael was one of 37 children being adopted Thursday in Grand Rapids. The court gave each family a 30-minute hearing to celebrate their adoption with family and friends.

“There is not a dry eye in Judge Patricia Gardner’s courtroom,” Kent County officials wrote in a Facebook post.

Santa Claus showed up to spend time with each family and child. Several other organizations and agencies were also on hand to support the new families.


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