An adorable 3-year-old boy from Peoria, Arizona found a “forever family” just in time for Christmas when he was adopted by his foster family.
Little Michael Brown quickly became an internet sensation after his overjoyed adoptive sister tweeted photos of the 3-year-old’s reaction to the adoption.
“I just tweeted, ‘We are his forever family.’ It just blew up on Twitter,” older sister, Dea Brown, told WAFB.
— dae brown (@daaebrown) December 20, 2016
Tara Montgomery, Michael’s adoptive mother, said the boy was placed in her care two years ago on Feb. 14 and was supposed to reunite with his biological mother.
“Michael was placed with us on Feb. 14, 2015, when he was 18 months old. We were his third foster family,” Montgomery told ABC News. “His original case plan was reunification with his ‘bio-mom.’ When that plan failed, a new plan was set. As a single parent, I was not looking to adopt, just to help kids during transition.”
After spending 832 days in the foster care system, Michael was officially adopted on Dec. 20 in Phoenix, Arizona, after living with Montgomery’s family for more than a year.
“My children’s last name is Brown. He’s already a Brown. Everyone says he looks like the girls,” Montgomery told WAFB.
Montgomery is a single mother of three girls, ages 23, 17, and 16. She said the adoption was just “meant to be.”
“We got him on Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day and now this for Christmas, it’s meant to be,” she told the news station.
The tweet garnered more than 141,000 likes and received over 56,000 retweets as of Dec. 24. Many social media users were happy for the family.
he looks like there his actual family
— ⚡️heisrell® (@tyrelltoomer) December 21, 2016
I cried seeing this thank you for posting it such a beautiful family inside and out wish you all joy for years to come
— || بهاره || (@nimeshab) December 23, 2016
precious. Adoption is God's reminder that children's lives matter, every baby belongs & has a purpose on this Earth.
— Mo B. (@MoBettaMo) December 23, 2016
What an adorable little dude! This story made my day. What a wonderful Christmas present for him and your family <3
— ?☃️Norma Bates ?? (@bluelighttv) December 23, 2016
I can only hope my smile matches his today. Every time I re-enter Twitter-sphere, I'm RTing this to MAKE ME SMILE…I love ❤️ him
— Doc Hughes (@kennettehughes) December 23, 2016
The adoptive mother is happy that the photo of Michael’s adoption has gone viral as it helps raise awareness about adoption and the need that exists, reported WAFB.
“If you are thinking about it [adoption], just do it. The impact you are making will last a lifetime on the child,” Montgomery said.
Officially adopted? We love you Michael. pic.twitter.com/iw9dllBYWv
— jordae (@jordaebrown) December 20, 2016