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Five-year-old Michael Clark Jr. was adopted by David Eaton and Andrea Melvin in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Thursday. He had been living with the couple as a foster child for more than a year.
Kerry McKee, Michael's teacher at Wealthy Elementary School in East Grand Rapids, brought his entire kindergarten class to the courthouse for support. The kids waved hearts mounted on wooden sticks during the hearing, and told the judge that they love Michael.
Michael had told his adoptive parents that he wanted his classmates at the hearing because his class "is kind of my family."
Michael's adoption was one of 36 finalized adoptions on Kent County's annual adoption day on Thursday.
A 5-year-old boy invited his entire kindergarten class to his adoption hearing in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Michael Clark Jr.'s classmates sat behind him waving hearts mounted on wooden sticks as his adoption was finalized on Thursday.
Officials from Kent County, Michigan, posted a video of the adoption hearing on Facebook, which has since gone viral.
Michael was adopted by David Eaton and Andrea Melvin, who he had been living with as a foster child since November 2018, according to CNN.
"We didn't have any kids prior to that, and things got pretty chaotic in a hurry," Eaton told CNN.
Michael's adoption was one of 36 finalized adoptions taking place on Thursday as part of Kent County's annual adoption day, USA Today reported.
Eaton told WOOD TV that when he asked Michael about having his classmates the adoption, he said: "You know, the class is kind of my family."
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Kerry McKee, Michael's teacher at Wealthy Elementary School in East Grand Rapids, brought the kindergartners to the hearing to teach them about adoption and support their classmate.
"The lesson is put a little love in your heart. We rise when we support others," she told WOOD TV.
Eaton told CNN that at one point in the hearing, the judge asked everyone in the room to say what Michael means to them.
One student said "I love Michael," and another said, "Michael's my best friend."
Michael's parents said the 5-year-old has many friends and loves to dance, swim, and play basketball and soccer.
During post-adoption interviews, Michael excitedly interrupted his parents multiple times, saying "I love my mommy" and "I love my daddy."
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