Many of us tend to take it for granted that we grew up in a kind and loving home.
I didn’t even know until I was a certain age that not every child had parents who loved them very much.
There are, of course, millions of children around the world who don’t have a warm and loving home. Andrew, a 12-year-old boy from Nashville, Tennessee, knows everything there is to know about that.
Reports say that he has spent about half of his young life in foster care. Well, his luck changed recently when he was taken in by a family.
We don’t know which is sweeter: Andrew and Joc’s love of @KelloggsUS PopTarts, or the bond these two share! We are thrilled that Andrew has found his forever family with his best friend and new brother, Joc, and the Gill family. Thx @WSMV for sharing! https://t.co/OystsoBfwd pic.twitter.com/1w0uqDLtcc
— Youth Villages (@youthvillages) September 1, 2020
Andrew was already close with Joc Gill, another boy from the family who had been taking care of him as a foster child for a few years.
The two boys are fast friends because they like to play video games and eat pop-tarts together. Kevin and Dominique Gill, who are the parents of Joc, have always loved having Andrew around.
So, you can imagine how happy and surprised Andrew was to hear from Molly Parker, who works at Youth Villages, while they were walking in the park that the Gills were finally adopting him.
— Karen Bowman (@KBow5) September 7, 2020
Andrew said, “I just turned the corner and saw everyone.”
“‘Will you?’ they asked. I said ‘Yeah!'”
More than 8,000 children are in the Tennessee Foster System looking for a permanent home, according to the numbers. Thanks to the Gills’ kindness and humanity, there is now one less.
“This is my brother, Joc,” Andrew said.
“This is my brother, Andrew,” Joc said.