A Michigan family will have a particularly special Thanksgiving after adopting Christopher, their ten-year-old adopted child, just before the holidays.
The Oakland County Kurt family adopted their son Christopher on Tuesday, which was Michigan adoption day.
“Hello, my name is Christopher William Kurt and I have just been adopted,” new family member Kurt told WXYZ.
Her parents, Dave and Kathie Kurt, and their three children have been caring for children for eight years, WXYZ reported. Once Christopher came into the fold in 2017, they realized there was another family member among them.
“He was so part of our family, loved by so many people. It wasn’t our plan, it was something we knew in our hearts that was the right way to go, ”explained Dave Kurt.
“We’re back looking for babysitters we never knew we needed again,” said Kathie.
Justice Kameisha Gant and Michigan Supreme Court Justice Megan Cavanagh presided over Christopher’s virtual adoption hearing, WXYZ reported.
“You are a gift to each other, thank you for opening your heart and your home,” Cavanagh said.
“Let me be the first to congratulate this family,” Gant told the Kurts.
Justice Gant shared WXYZ’s story on her Facebook page and expressed her pleasure in presiding over the adoption.
“Presiding over the finalization of the adoption of this adorable baby boy into this loving family has been an exciting and moving experience for all,” read Gant’s message. “Thanks to Judge Megan Cavanagh for participating and making it even more special.”
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Christopher endured a tumultuous journey to get to where he is now. In 2017, WXYZ reported a drug seizure in Detroit in which seven children, including Christopher, were found living in deplorable conditions.
“No food, no water, the kids didn’t look good, there was actually dog droppings all around,” said the Detroit Police Department Sgt. Adam Madera said on the way out.
Although the ten-year-old hasn’t had an easy journey, he has a bright future with loving parents and older siblings.
“Don’t tell other siblings, but my favorite person, my favorite brother, he just became one of the most special people in the world to me,” his sister Madelyn Kurt told WXYZ.