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A Bunch Of Disney Princesses Surprised A 5-Year-Old At Her Adoption Hearing

And they all lived happily ever after.

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A 5-year-old girl in Grand Rapids, Michigan, had her fairytale ending come true when she was surprised at her adoption finalization hearing with a room full of Disney Princesses.

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Caseworker Kristina Grey came up with the idea to surprise the young girl, named Danielle.

"She simply asked a fellow caseworker named Taylor if she wouldn’t mind dressing up as Cinderella, who is Danielle’s favorite princess," Trina Kent, the resource family development specialist at Samaritas Foster Care Services, told BuzzFeed.

When word got out that Taylor would be dressing up as Cinderella for the hearing, "a whole bunch of our other caseworkers got into it," Kent said.

"We were identifying princesses all over the office, and it turned from one caseworker being Cinderella to us having nine princesses and one prince," she said.


Koning said Danielle has been through "a lot more than a 5-year-old should" so making her adoption day so special helped her understand that she'd found her "forever family."

"Danielle has really been unsettled about what’s going to happen to her, because for the longest time we couldn’t tell her ‘Yes, you’re staying here, and we’re not going anywhere,’ because we didn’t know," Koning said.

"So, making it so special and something she’ll really remember, it makes it really final in her mind," she said. "It makes it feel like, this is it. This is where I’m staying. This is my family."

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Julia Reinstein is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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