SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) — A local 10-year-old girl has just one wish for her birthday, which is later this month. At the top of her list, is finding a forever home.
In this Adopt 8, our Marcella Lee introduces us to La'Heaven, who has a message for the family she hopes will adopt her.
“Thank you for taking me and I love you very much, even though I don't know you yet,” she said as her words of gratitude to the future forever family, she dreams of having one day soon.
It's been a bumpy few years for La'Heaven who's living in a group home right now.
“I just want to start over,” she said. “It's not really that easy.”
La'Heaven wants a new beginning with a family to call her own.
“I feel like I [would] get to start all over instead of having to keep on going through this over and over again,” she said. “That's really why I really want a forever family.”
The fifth grader says being bounced around in foster care comes with many challenges.
“When I move around, it's like ‘oh, I have to meet new people, oh, I have to switch [to] different schools,’ and I have to think about having to make new friends,” said La’Heaven. “It doesn't really bother me that much, but it bothers me.”
La'Heaven wants a stable family to give her unconditional love; in return, she says, she would be a good daughter.
“I would listen because I'm doing pretty good at my group home right now and I want to stay that way, and plus the reason I would know I would listen is because it's my forever home, they took me in and it's not like I chose them, and they have a choice, it's like they took me in so that's why I would really like a forever home,’ she said.
What kind of family does she envision?
“I would like a mom and a dad with a dog and I don't really care if I have a big sister I just want to be the youngest,” she said. “I like being the youngest.”
And she's honest about the reason.
"Because I get more attention,” she said. “I like getting attention.”
The kind of attention, that doesn't come with growing up in the foster care system.
But she's seen dreams come through for others.
“I really want a forever home,” La’Heaven said. “My best friend was actually adopted.”
And hopes her wish will also come true and she’ll get her own slice of heaven with angels, in the form of a forever family.
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