GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – A 5-year-old foster child who loves Disney princesses had a magical adoption day in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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Five-year-old Danielle Koning showed up to the courtroom earlier this month in her fanciest princess dress, ready to be adopted by her foster family. She even carried her magic wand with her for the momentous day.
Danielle had been fostering with the Konings since March 2014, according to ABC News. Her family and case worker were thrilled to finalize her adoption.
Even the judge dressed up in princess attire for the occasion, donning a red bow, just like Snow White.
The courtroom officers joined in the festivities too, presenting Danielle with a giant, princess-themed balloon.
Danielle’s caseworker arrived carrying a wand and wearing a tiara.
“I have been Danielle’s foster care worker for three years,” the caseworker told the judge in court. “She’s very bright and intelligent. She’s a sweet, loving little girl.”
Moments later, the caseworker introduced some very special guests: seven Disney princesses and one prince.
Danielle was totally speechless at first, giving them a shy wave from the front of the courtroom.
The princesses sat in the courtroom and watched with smiles as Danielle became an official member of her forever family.
Danielle beamed from the front of the courtroom as the judge allowed her to bang the gavel, making her “happily ever after” official.
Danielle’s adoptive parents say they wanted to make the day special.
“I think it’s really important to make that adoption day special for every kid in whatever capacity you can,” Sarah Koning, Danielle’s mother, told ABC News. “It really helps them to feel the permanency and know that they’re not going anywhere now. It’s really important for kids to feel that security.”
Congratulations to Danielle on finding her happily ever after!