A Kindergarten Boy Invited His Entire Class to His Adoption and My Heart Is Full

When Michael Clark Jr. was helping his foster parents plan his adoption day, he wanted to invite his whole kindergarten class for the best reason.  He told his new dad, “You know, the class is kind of my family.”

His teacher at Wealthy Elementary School in East Grand Rapids, Michigan, made it happen and on Thursday, she and his classmates waved red hearts and watched as Michael was officially adopted by his foster parents, Andrea Melvin and Dave Eaton.

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

Kindergarten Class Attends Adoption hearing

Michael’s classmates each introduced themselves to Judge Patricia Gardner, and told them why they were in her courtroom, and why they loved Michael too.

“The lesson is put a little love in your heart,” said Ms. McKee. “We rise when we support others.”

Michael has lived with his foster parents for a year and, after Thursday, is now a part of their forever family just before the holidays.  He love to dance, swim, play basketball and soccer, and especially spent time with his friends.

For one special kindergarten class, this will always be a field trip to remember.


  1. This must be one of those good days for those magistrates.

  2. Cathy Adams says:

    Congratulations ?
    I thought that was a great idea he came up with. I’m so happy for that family. God bless them.Hugs and Prayers to them.????????

  3. Marilyn Kamphaus says:

    That is such a good story, I wish you All the happiness in your new life God bless you.

  4. Justin foutz says:

    Congratulations on finding your forever family.

  5. Congratulation…This is so precious for this little angle. May he be surrounded with love, God Bless this family.

  6. Prudence Matima says:

    This story made me cry. May Michael and his forever family be showered with God’s Love and Blessings.

  7. Karen carlyle says:

    Sorry my last comment was full of love hearts but they translated as question marks and I can’t change it!!

    1. Kristen Yard says:

      No worries! LOL!

  8. Eva Lloyd says:

    You are a special little guy!! It was so great of you to include your friends! As a grandmother of adopted grandsons it brought a tear to my eye. I wish you much happiness with your new Mom and Dad.

  9. Stephanie says:

    Congratulations on finding your forever family.

  10. Congratulations ? For Forever Family
    And God’s Love

  11. This was a wonderful story , it brought tears to my eyes! Congratulations on finding your forever family! And what a wonderful teacher to help his most precious day also be surrounded by friends! That’s love ??

  12. Madeline Belisle says:

    What a fantastic story. Thanks to the teacher and students who witnessed the adoption. Congratulations to the new parents. A family of love. God bless you all forever .???????

  13. Teresa Martin says:

    With heartfelt blessings I couldn’t read the whole story it made me cry HAPPY Tears as I am at work . This is a beautiful story I ?love it ??

    1. Kristen Yard says:

      Awww! It really is such a sweet story!

  14. Oneta Tolle says:

    A great story. Makes my heart happy. GOD Bless.

    1. Kristen Yard says:

      Isn’t it so sweet?!

  15. Congratulations lil man on your forever family. And props to the teacher for teaching our young children to have empathy and love I their hearts..

    1. Kristen Yard says:

      Yes! All of this!

  16. My heart thugged at this sweet story proving dreams do come true!

    1. Kristen Yard says:

      Right?! Isn’t this story so sweet?

  17. Aboh Anthony Attah says:

    I overwhelmed.

    Not just by the boy but also by the parents… They are good people…. The heart does not know color…. Only the eyes…but when we work with our good hearts by doing good our eyes will see all humans no matter their color as the same….I am most grateful to the court and the judiciary system of the united states….child right act of the united states is the best in the world. Congratulations!

  18. I shed a few tears of happiness. So glad for this child.

  19. Joyce Watson says:

    Great story.So happy they adopted you.God is Good!!

    1. Kristen Yard says:

      Isn’t it so sweet?! I just love this story!

  20. Kimberly Richey says:

    Sitting at work crying over this. I love this story. It made my heart full.

    1. Kristen Yard says:

      Awww! Isn’t it the sweetest story?!

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