Little girl's greeted with surprise of a lifetime on Adoption Day
On June 8, 2016, a sweet 5-year-old girl named Danielle prepared to be officially adopted into her forever family. She dressed in her best princess dress and went to court with her mom and dad to listen to her caseworker tell stories about how wonderful things had been since Danielle had come to the Konings' in 2014.
Then something magical happened. Seven Disney princesses -- and one Prince -- arrived to be honored guests at this very special event. Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Cinderella and Prince Charming, Snow White, Ariel, and Elsa entered the courtroom in a royal processional while Danielle waved shyly from her chair.
The surprise was arranged by Danielle's caseworkers and adoptive parents. “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.”
The judge was the fairy godmother in charge of making wishes come true, but gave her magic wand (disguised as a gavel) to Danielle and showed her how to cast the spell to make the adoption official. "It is so ordered!" they said together as the gavel came down. And from that moment on the little girl and her family lived happily ever after.