Living in a kind and loving household as a child is something many of us take for granted.

I was too young to understand that not every child was blessed with parents who genuinely cared about them.

Of course, millions of kids around the globe are deprived of the comforts of a warm and loving home. One 12-year-old Nashville, Tennessee, boy called Andrew is well-versed in this.

According to reports, he has spent about half his short existence in foster care. His circumstances altered in 2020 when he was adopted, though.


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Another child named Joc Gill, who has lived with Andrew’s foster family for a while, and Andrew were already close friends.

They enjoy eating pop tarts and playing video games together, and it’s obvious that the two lads have become fast friends. Meanwhile, Kevin and Dominique Gill, the parents of Joc, have always enjoyed having Andrew around.

You can only picture Andrew’s joy and surprise when he learns that the Gills were formally adopting him while walking in the park with Molly Parker, a Youth Villages employee.

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“I just turned around the corner and saw everybody,” Andrew said.

“They asked ‘Will you?’ and I said ‘Yeah!’”

According to statistics, over 8,000 children in the Tennessee Foster System are looking for a permanent home. Fortunately, thanks to the Gills’ generosity and humanity, there is one less.

“This is my brother, Joc,” said Andrew.

“This is my brother, Andrew,” said Joc.

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