One tale has broken the internet this week ...
It's a sad reality of life, but there are children out there who have no real family...
And, as a result of this, they end up being passed to and from various different families throughout their childhoods.
This is called the foster system...
Hundreds of thousands of children are in the foster system here in the US.
via: GettyOn any given day, there are nearly 443,000 children in foster care in the United States.
Much of our foster care system is broken.
via: ShutterstockAnd the children suffer as a result. And, more often than not, children don't even get a real foster home, they are, instead, sent to live in institutions or group homes.
Many children are bounced from one foster home to another...
This can result in serious harm.
Languishing in foster care harms children's well-being in a number of ways.
The longer a child remains in temporary care, the more likely it is that he or she will experience multiple placement changes and disrupted relationships caused by such changes.
As today's story proves.
And, sadly for most children...
via: ShutterstockThe foster system is anything but short-term.
Children are often stuck in the foster system for years...
You can't even bear thinking about it, can you?
But there are adoption stories with happy endings - like this one.
In 2018, Dominique and Kevin Gill decided to open their home to a foster child.
The two live in Nashville, Tennessee, with their two kids.
They'd heard about a troubled little boy called Andrew and decided to take a chance on him.
He'd been in foster care since the age of six, and during this time all of his siblings had been adopted, Dominique explained.
This was obviously hugely traumatic and left Andrew very withdrawn.
"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," shared Andrew's foster parents in their interview.
He often behaved badly and would shout if anyone got close to him.
But over time, they extended their love to Andrew and gradually were let in. He formed a particularly close relationship with Joc, Dominique's son.
Though the family had originally only planned to foster Andrew, they eventually made the decision to adopt.
"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."
The family asked Andrew is he wanted to join them permanently.
And he simply replied, "yes."
"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.
"People would read his file and get scared away. But I knew he was a good child who had experienced a lot of trauma."
And on July 16, 2020, Andrew Gill found his forever home.
"Love doesn't have a color. (Andrew) is our son just like Joc is our son. He's a part of us."
"This is my brother, Joc," said Andrew, and "This is my brother, Andrew," said Joc in the heartwarming video.
They make a beautiful family.
Watch the heartwarming video here.
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