Five-year-old boy brings his whole kindergarten class to adoption hearing

A young boy being officially adopted in the United States brought his whole kindergarten class to the courtroom with him.

Five-year-old Michael Clark Jr was at a court in Grand Rapids in Michigan on Thursday to be officially adopted by his fosters parents, David Eaton and Andrea Melvin.

Michael with his class behind him at an adoption hearing
(Kent County/PA)

Pictures released by Kent County show Michael’s entire class, from Wealthy Elementary School in east Grand Rapids, sitting behind him in the public gallery, lending moral support and waving paper hearts in the air.

At one point in the proceedings the judge, Patricia Gardner, invited the classmates to tell the court what Michael meant to them.

One boy named Steven said: “Michael’s my best friend,” while a girl added: “My name is Lily and I love Michael.”

Michael's adoption at a Kent County court
(Kent County/PA)

The unusual school trip was organised by Michael’s new mother and his teacher, Mrs McKee, CNN said.

Mrs McKee said in court: “We began the school year as a family. Family doesn’t have to be DNA, because family is support and love.”

According to CNN, Mr Eaton and Ms Melvin had fostered Michael for a year before adopting him.

Michael's adoption at a Kent County court
(Kent County/PA)

The trio banged the judge’s gavel together to make the adoption official, accompanied by cheers from the pupils in the gallery.

As his new father was being interviewed by a TV station after the process was complete, Michael interrupted to say “I love my daddy.”

The heartwarming spectacle happened on Kent County’s annual Adoption Day, during which 37 children were “lovingly and officially welcomed by their families”, according to a Facebook post made by the county.

An image posted of Michael and his class by Kent County had been shared more than 100,000 times by Friday afternoon.

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