Michigan Boy Named Michael Clark Jr Invited His Entire Kindergarten Class to His Adoption Hearing

A Michigan boy named Michael Clark Jr. recently entered a new phase of his life with a brand new family, and his friends were on hand to dish out hearts to him.

Kent County, Michigan witnessed an unusual crowd this week as an entire Kindergarten class showed up to the courtroom to celebrate with a classmate, Michael Clark Jr., as he got officially adopted by his foster parents.


Michigan couple, Andrea Melvin and Dave Eaton, took 5-year-old Michael under their wings about a year ago and had been fostering him ever since. The boy won them over with his charm and good nature and brought happiness to their family.

This Thursday, the couple was at a Michigan court to finalize the adoption process of the five-year-old, and accompanying them were their new son’s classmates from Wealthy Elementary school, East Grand Rapids.


Each of the children present, held up hearts in sticks as they witnessed their friend’s happy moment. The kids were accompanied by their class teacher, Kerry McKee, who explained the children’s move saying:

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


Michael Clark’s adoption was one of the thirty-seven adoption cases, which were finalized on Thursday, the official Kent County adoption day. 

Officials of the county took the excitement of the special day online, sharing pictures of some of the adopted kids with their new parents, and a caption which read:

“It’s Adoption Day at the Kent County Courthouse. 37 children are being lovingly and officially welcomed by their families. There is not a dry eye in Judge Patricia Gardner’s courtroom.”

In an earlier post, a non-profit organization, Court Appointed Special Advocates of Kent County, which is one of the promoters of Adoption Day congratulated all the families that got new additions.

The organization extended special congratulations to Michael and his family and also acknowledged the kindergarteners who graced the courthouse to cheer their friend on.

In Michigan alone, an average of 4000 children requires foster care yearly. Of this lot, only a few make it into foster homes, and fewer still eventually find a new family. And Michael Clark became one of the lucky few!

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