Twitter users are loving a now-viral video of a boy who invited his kindergarten class to watch his adoption.
The Michigan boy’s adoption hearing took place on the Kent County’s annual Adoption Day, Dec. 5. In a picture posted to Facebook by the courthouse, the boy is with his foster parents as his class looks on with handmade, paper hearts in their hands.
Michael brought his entire kindergarten class with him today to witness his adoption.
The images and story went viral on social media. The videos show the kindergarteners supporting their classmate and the boy saying, “I love my daddy” about his new, court-certified father. Twitter users got emotional watching the videos.
“This young man wanted to make his adoption day even more special, so he invited his entire kindergarten class. This is the Twitter content I’m here for,” former NBA star Rex Chapman tweeted.
This young man wanted to make his adoption day even more special, so he invited his entire kindergarten class.
This is the Twitter content I’m here for…💪😍😇😉🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/AFyko4GnQo
— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) December 5, 2019
This story needs to be shared. Warning: Tissues may be required https://t.co/p7OHk25qR1
— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) December 5, 2019
Michael's adoptive father told CNN his favorite part was when the judge asked everyone present in the room to explain what Michael means to them. The kindergartners told the court, "I love Michael" or "Michael's my best friend."
…and I'm wrecked. 😭 https://t.co/jIs68WYeNF
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) December 6, 2019
Boy invites entire kindergarten class to his adoption hearing — and it’s adorable https://t.co/ITauk3j9ZV
— A.T. The Ambassador 🇳🇬🏁 (@OhThatsAT) December 5, 2019
This made me tear up. What’s really beautiful is how even our babies create chosen family to hold them. S/O to his class for showing up
Boy invites entire kindergarten class to his adoption hearing — and it’s adorable https://t.co/QrqweSz3tO
— Rebel Scum (@awkward_duck) December 5, 2019
Politicians, like former President Bill Clinton, also shared their thoughts about the boy’s adoption.
“Congratulations to you and your family, Michael,” Clinton tweeted. “This is a beautiful story. Our country could use more of it.”
Congratulations to you and your family, Michael. This is a beautiful story. Our country could use more of it.https://t.co/rXEZ6scAVu
— Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) December 7, 2019
So glad you found your forever home, Michael! But we need to make it easier for all kids to find loving, permanent homes. That's why I'm so proud to have just yesterday introduced the Adoption Opportunities Act with @SenatorIsakson to help reduce barriers to adoption. https://t.co/bv2BoZePie
— Doug Jones (@DougJones) December 6, 2019
The video even prompted some Twitter users to share their own adoption stories.
“This is so beautiful and as an adoptee, I love this,” Conservative activist Wayne Dupree tweeted.
This is so beautiful and as an adoptee, I love this!https://t.co/2X0Xp0LmxY
— ✭ Wayne Dupree ✭ (@WayneDupreeShow) December 7, 2019
I have often told people that although my wife and I never experienced the joys of natural childbirth, we experienced others thru adoption just as joyful. The judge declaring your child legally your name sake is one of them. Glad his classmates could share in it. #adoption https://t.co/bDGfKa2FNZ
— Kevin Cullen (@CoachKCullen) December 7, 2019
Social media users weren’t the only people affected by the wholesome story. The county’s official Facebook page said 36 other families officially welcomed their new children on its annual Adoption Day and that there wasn’t “a dry eye” in the courtroom.
It’s Adoption Day at the Kent County Courthouse. 37 children are being lovingly and officially welcomed by their families. There is not a dry eye in Judge Patricia Gardner’s courtroom.