Every child needs a loving home. But not all children are lucky enough to get one. Dominique and Kevin Gill know that, so they decided that they want to open their humble home in Nashville, Tennessee to a child in need. And when they heard Andrew’s story, they knew they had found the right child.
The couple’s hearts ached when they heard Andrew’s story.
He had already been through many traumatic experiences. And as you might expect, little Andrew became more and more withdrawn to the people around him.
The Gills wanted to foster him, and they wanted to show Andrew what it feels like to belong. And while they say “all you need is love,” we all know that sometimes it takes a little bit more to get someone to trust you.
“During his first week with us, he sat in his room with the door closed and looked at old pictures. He didn’t want to talk,” the couple shared in an interview.
How does a 6-year-old even process this situation?
Expectations and heartbreaks often cause these children to feel unwanted. That’s why some of them choose to act tough, be difficult, and stay withdrawn.
It’s how they protect themselves from getting hurt again. Andrew was no different. Dominique shared that Andrew often behaved badly, and he was very withdrawn. He would stay in his room and shout if anyone wanted to try and get close to him.
But the Gills weren’t going to give up on Andrew. They knew he was going through enormous turmoil, and they wanted him to know there were people willing to try to extend their love to him.
At first, Joc, Dominique’s son, didn’t feel any connection with Andrew when he showed up at their home. These things take time. However, once they found out that they had things in common, it all changed.
One day, they both decided to play video games, then they found out that they both love Pop-Tarts, and that became the start of a beautiful friendship.
“As the years went on, they got pretty close,” Kevin Gill said to WBIR Channel 10. “It’s good to see that bond they have grown over the years.” Kevin and Dominique saw Andrew slowly opened his heart to them.
They were happy to see such great improvements in Andrew, and their only wish was that he would soon find his forever home. It wasn’t their plan to adopt him. The family only wanted to foster.
They wanted to help by fostering as many kids as they could, but they didn’t expect that their journey with Andrew would take a surprise turn. There were people interested in adopting Andrew, but it never quite worked out.
If you want to shed a tear over this heartwarming story, be sure to scroll down below for the sweet video. Please SHARE this with your friends and family. “Our mindset was we’d help him until he found his forever home,” Dominique explained to TODAY Parents. “But after the second adoption didn’t work out, I realized God put Andrew in our lives for a reason. God made sure the adoption didn’t work out so he could come back to us.”
It was a clear sign that Andrew belonged to their family. One day, Andrew was surprised to see Youth Villages Counselor, Molly Parker. She asked the young boy if they could have a talk and if he could go on a walk with her. The boy agreed.
Then, while they walking, Andrew saw familiar faces. He was confused at first. Everyone was there. They were all smiling at him, holding balloons, and asking him to come closer.
“I just turned around the corner and saw everybody,” Andrew said, remembering when he saw the Gills surrounded by friends holding signs and balloons.”
The Gills asked Andrew if he wanted to become part of their family, to which Andrew smiled and simply said, “Yeah.” Joc was also wearing a shirt that says, “Will you be my brother?” Andrew’s shirt had a “YES” written on it.
The people around them started cheering, happy to see that finally, Andrew had found his forever home. “From the beginning, Andrew has always said, ‘Thank you for accepting me,’ ‘Thank you for not giving up on me,’” Dominique shared in her interview with TODAY Parents. “People would read his file and get scared away. But I knew he was a good child who had experienced a lot of trauma.”
On July 16, 2020, Andrew Gill got his forever home.
“Love doesn’t have a color. (Andrew) is our son just like Joc is our son,” Dominique said during her interview with TODAY Parents. “He’s a part of us.” Now, Andrew didn’t just find his forever home, he also found happiness, love, and a best friend.“This is my brother, Joc,” said Andrew, and “This is my brother, Andrew,” said Joc, ending the beautiful video.