THE HEART — In a display of adorable support, an entire kindergarten class came to witness the adoption of a classmate this week.
The subject of the adoption and celebration is 5-year-old Michael, who was adopted by his foster family about a year after he first came to live with them.
But family comes in all shapes and sizes — from the family you’re born with to the family you make — a sentiment shared by more than one party in the story.
Michael’s new dad told NBC that when Micheal was asked about who he wanted at his adoption, he asked for his whole class to come because they are his family too.
According to the BBC, Michael’s teacher is the one who set the tone for the class. She said, "We began the school year as a family…. Family doesn't have to be DNA, because family is support and love."
And lastly, Michael’s new mom tops it of with her thoughts on adoption: "There’s so many ways to build a family these days."
When Michael and his family helped the judge bang the gavel to make the adoption final, his classmates cheered and waved sticks with construction paper hearts to show their support. It’s enough to tug on your heartstrings or make you downright cry.
The now-viral event took place in Kent County, Michigan, on Dec. 5, the county’s annual Adoption Day. A total of 37 foster children were adopted, each getting 30 minutes in the courtroom to celebrate with their families.