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Disney Princesses Show Up For 5-Year-Old’s Adoption Finalization Hearing

Disney Princesses Show Up For 5-Year-Old’s Adoption Finalization Hearing

“The look on her face was priceless.”

Every day needs a little happy, so here’s a sweet story for you:

Five-year-old Danielle Koning received a special surprise at her adoption finalization hearing — a court room full of Disney Princesses (and Prince Charming). Even the judge disrobed, revealing a Snow White costume.

ABC News reports:

Danielle has been fostering with the Konings since March 2014 and the family was thrilled to complete the adoption princess, but it was her caseworker’s idea to arrange for Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Elsa and Ariel, just to name a few, to arrive in support of the little girl’s wonderful day.

“It was a special situation that really snowballed out of a request form Danielle’s caseworker, who knew Danielle loved Cinderella so much,” Laura Mitchell, executive director for Samaritas Foster Care Program and Child and Family services, explained. “One of other caseworkers kind of looks like Cinderella, so she said, ‘Would you mind going to the hearing and dressing as Cinderella?’”

The idea originated at a staff meeting and once other employees got word, they began stepping forward to participate.

Even Judge Patricia Gardner revealed a Snow White costume beneath her robe.

“I think it’s really important to make that adoption day special for every kid in whatever capacity you can,” said Koning. “No matter what, if kids have been bounced around a lot, 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.”

“It’s obviously a very meaningful day, a joyous occasion,” Mitchell added. “The hearing is definitely a celebration that the kids now have forever families. And it shows the love and compassion that our case workers have.”

Congratulations to Danielle and the Koning family!

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Thanks. That made my day!

CloseTheFed | June 15, 2016 at 6:59 pm

How original!

OK, I just spilled a martini on my mouse-pad thinking about what Henry Hawkins could do with that set-up…

My fault entirely…

The most fun you can have in family court is the adoptions.

Thanks for giving us a story that makes us smile rather than breaks our heart.


Gremlin1974 | June 15, 2016 at 8:13 pm

Well done people. Well done.

Sometimes, dreams do come true.

Um, what’s with the sound?

    Milhouse in reply to Milhouse. | June 17, 2016 at 11:57 am

    Well, whatever was wrong seems to have been fixed over the last day and a half, so evidently I wasn’t the only one who had a problem with it. Seriously did none of you have a problem? And what’s with the down-twinkle? Who could possibly have objected?

cowgirldiva | June 16, 2016 at 8:05 am


That was so sweet and magical. Thank you for sharing her special moment with all of us. Have a blessed day.