In the United States alone, 135,000 kids are adopted each year, and another 428,000 are in the foster care system—waiting to be adopted, to be returned to their parents, or to age out of the system. Some of them simply move from home to home. Not having a secure home or moving from place to place is a heartwrenching and complicated matter that causes lasting complex trauma, and so every time a child finds a loving, safe home, it’s a big deal — worthy of a party!
One child from Kent County in Michigan wanted to share his big adoption moment with his entire kindergarten class—so he invited them to his adoption hearing.
Michael Orlando Clark Jr., a five-year-old little boy, was surrounded by love with his classmates at his side as his adoption proceedings took place. They all held little red hearts in the air as they watched.
“We began the school year as a family,” Clark’s teacher said. “Family doesn’t have to be DNA, because family is support and love.”
Even the Michigan Supreme Court tweeted about the little guy’s big day!
To make things even sweeter, the hearing fell on the 23rd annual Adoption Day in Kent County.
After the hearing, the court let everyone stay for a half-hour to celebrate. How sweet is that? The Family Division of the Circuit Court in Kent County had Santa pop by as well.
People were so moved by all of the love, from the students supporting their classmate, to the fact that the little boy now had a loving home and family.
Wow this is so humbling ... beautiful example set for his classmates and for us adults on the idea of opening our hearts and home to children. It means so much.— MC Copeland (@zapatacopeland) December 5, 2019
This was a great idea for a ”class trip!” This should happen every time a child is adopted!! Wonderful opportunity to teach!!— Candice (@Candice50) December 6, 2019
Wow this one got to me. I’m sitting in the bank waiting on the assistant manager with tears coming down my face. I know how kids feel so rejected. I worked with juvenile sex offenders & a lot of it was learned behavior. So i was a man in their lives Seeing how i had daughters.— Stephen (@Stephen92986371) December 5, 2019
Children are so open, loving and innocent. We could all take a lesson🤓— Margaret Wierman (@MargaretWierman) December 6, 2019
There is so much pain, suffering, and hardship in the world — but to see a kid find a good family, and to see so many people celebrating that makes an actual dent in the darkness. Congrats, Michael.