These four pictures of an unnamed little boy in a cap will certainly make you smile. For the nearly 2.5 million others who saw and liked the image on Facebook, it probably made at least a few of them a little weepy.
The image, posted on the page of a foster care advocacy group Together We Rise, shows an adorable kid who appears to be about 3 years old, holding a blackboard. He's goofing around and smiling—for a very good reason.
According to his chalk-written story, he had been in foster care for a little over a year. Then on October 10 this year, everything changed.
He got adopted.
It's a powerful story—one you'd hope thousands of other kids in foster care will also be able to tell one day. It certainly struck a nerve with more than 30,000 folks who shared their own foster home and adoption stories.
From a top commenter, Adam Shlyk:
"I love this very much, close to home and dear to my heart. On January 20th, 1965, my mother became the first single woman in the state of Arizona to adopt a child, opening up the gates for other women. Love you Mom."
And a longtime foster mom, Jaime Stecklin Aguilar:
"I was a foster parent for 8 1/2 years. My husband and I adopted ourselves out of being foster parents. I have 6 adopted children who are now 26, 24, 22, 21, 18 and 17. They ranged from newborns straight from the hospital to 7 years old when we got them as fosters. It is a huge celebration to give a child a forever home."
With nearly 143,000 shares, this little boy's story is bound to touch even more hearts. And maybe attracting potential foster parents to step up.