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Family feels lucky to adopt brothers

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The four Gill brothers are carrying on a family tradition, a little football practice before the big game.  Some might consider this family non-traditional, these brothers are  adopted.

Brother Mike Gill says it was a long road to finding their home, "We were going through different homes and then we ended up here cause they wanted to see if we were good for this family and we were. And they decided to adopt us."

Mom Amy Gill says, "People always say to us, 'Oh, those boys are so lucky. They're so lucky to have you.'  And I usually smile and say, 'We're really the lucky ones."

Two years ago, Amy Gill and her husband, Richard, moved to Toledo from California. They brought  sons Mike and Tony along with them.  Through the Adopt America Network, the couple adopted two other brothers, Omar and Obie from Alabama. They finished the legal proceeding last month.

Since 1983, Adopt America Network, a non-profit group headquartered in Maumee, has helped place more than 4,000 children with special circumstances in permanent homes. In the past decade, 62% of those placements were siblings, 71% had emotional issues and 59% faced physical challenges.

At the Gill house, the biggest challenge is keeping up with four active boys.

Dad Richard says it's so much fun, the family might consider expanding. "The younger boys that we have really have gotten, are just thankful that the two older ones are here. They have somebody besides Amy and I to interface with and to play with and they're doing very well. And we look forward to maybe adding more children to our family."

You can learn more about Adopt America  or get information about the upcoming fundraiser auction on Friday October 12, by logging on to adoptamericanetwork.org.

 

 

 

 

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