According to the Children’s Bureau, there are around 424,000 children in foster care across the United States. Almost 8,000 children in Tennessee alone are waiting to be reunited with their families or to find a forever home with people who will love them unconditionally. There are fewer than 4,000 foster families in this state, which is a sad truth.
Andrew, a 12-year-old from Nashville, was one of the children who had spent time in the juvenile justice system until recently. This delightful young man spent the majority of his youth bouncing around from one family to the other. When he was adopted by the Gills, a special foster family, everything changed.
Kevin and Dominique Gill had their own kid, Joc, who quickly became Andrew’s friend. The guys like socializing with one another. They kill time by playing games, going for walks, and participating in other enjoyable activities. Kevin and Dominique decided to submit adoption papers after realizing how close the boys had become. This would ensure that they would always be best friends.
Andrew had no notion that he was going to join the Gill family as a full-fledged member. When he got word that his foster parents were adopting him, he was going across the park with Molly Parker, a Youth Villages worker.
“I simply turned the corner and saw everybody,” Andrew explained. “I answered, ‘Yes!’ when they asked, ‘Will you?’