Mickey Mouse was an integral part of a couple’s plan to tell their foster children they were going to adopt them.
Tom and Courtney Gilmour of Portland, Pennsylvania, visited Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, earlier this year with their two foster children. Janielle, 12, and her ten year-old brother Elijah had lived with the Gilmours for three years before their trip to the ‘Happiest Place on Earth’. The family attended a meet and greet with the Disney icon during which he signed autographs for the brother and sister.
In a video of this meeting, a voice from behind the camera told the children Mickey had a surprise for them. They were then presented with a sign announcing their upcoming adoption date. After an initial gasp of shock, the two siblings shared a group hug with their soon-to-be parents and Mickey before posing for some more photographs.
Earlier this month, Courtney posted the video to her Facebook page and it soon went viral. She told local media that the video was to commemorate the moment forever but said she had other reasons for sharing it publicly.
She wanted to draw attention to the foster care system and encourage people to take in children who need a good home. This was especially important for her as “a former foster child … and now a foster/adopt mother, it’s very important we don’t forget there is lots of help needed”.
Although fostering and adoption were “super hard at times”, she said, they were “super rewarding”. Courtney encouraged anyone who was thinking about becoming such a parent to “focus on the positive of the process”.
Photo by David Jafra via Flickr under a Creative Commons licence.