By Andrea Aro
It was adoption day at the Kent County Courthouse where about 37 children were officially welcomed by their families, including Michael.
The five-year-old boy’s entire kindergarten class showed up on the day of his adoption hearing at the courthouse in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Thursday.
Michael’s classmates held big red hearts on wooden sticks to show him their support.
Michael’s adoptive father told CNN that he loved the part when the judge asked the entire class to explain what Michael means to them.
Most of the answers were “I love Michael” or “Michael’s my best friend,” his father said.
Judge Patricia Gardner said it was the first time she hosted an entire kindergarten class in her courtroom.
Michael’s mother told CNN that it was the idea of Michael’s teacher, Mrs. McKee, to have all his classmates come to make his adoption day special.
Mrs. McKee organized everything and brought the entire class to the courthouse to witness Michael’s adoption.
Michael’s adoptive parents fostered him for a year. He had been with them since last Thanksgiving.