Chad and Paul Beanblossom of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, adopted their son Michael over a Zoom call.
The court proceedings have come to a halt amid the coronavirus pandemic, but 80 friends (and even some adoption specialists) witnessed the moment over video teleconferencing.
Chad Beanblossom told Good Morning America,
“The judge mentioned it was the largest Zoom adoption she had done to date.”
The Beanblossoms first fostered Michael in 2019. His mother died and he later went into state custody living in nine different homes over five years.
Chad Beanblossom said,
“When Mike came to us he was labeled a higher risk because he had ran [away] before … but we’ve never saw that kid.
He just kind of came in and took over our hearts. He’s taught us just as much, if not more, than we have him. Our whole world revolves around Michael.”
The Beanblossoms have been married for five years. Paul has three biological children, and the couple are also grandparents.
They had fostered a few children before meeting Michael, who asked the men to be his fathers. Chad said,
“We wanted the same thing that he did. It’s really hard to imagine our life without him.”
Allyson Sayne, family services worker at the Tennessee Department of Children Services told GMA,
“Paul and Chad Beanblossom have been great at advocating for Michael and giving him opportunities that he may have not gotten otherwise.
This family had to undergo a tragedy of a house fire a month before Michael’s adoption, but they focused on the fact that they had each other and didn’t let it affect Michael’s adoption.”
Restores your faith… life goes on and people ARE good.
(via ABC News)