Thursday, June 03, 2010

I met a girl who didn't know how to make a wish!

Today I shot five Wednesday's Child stories (which is why I wasn't on air today.) These are stories about kids who are in the foster care system and are available for adoption.

Most, if not all, have been abused or neglected by the very people who were supposed to love them and take care of them.

They are children who have faced levels of disappointment most of us can't imagine...

Today, I met a little girl who didn't know how to make a wish. It really blew me away, and it made me realize how important it is to save our children.

I asked my regular question..."If you could have 3 wishes, what would they be?"

She said, "I don't wish."
M: "Why?"
Girl: "Because they never come true."
M: "Well, I hope we can change that."
Girl: "Well, then... what can I wish for?"
M: "You can wish for anything. Would you wish for a family?"
Girl. "Yeah..."

My heart broke right then. Her adoption specialist told me she's had so much disappointment... Every time someone wants to adopt her (birth family members, mostly), it falls a part. She gets her hopes up, and then she reaches new lows.

These are our children! Kids who are in our schools, our neighborhoods... some are living in residential centers... Can you imagine a child living in an institution? Simply because there's no one out there to take care of them?

At this point in my life, it would be hard for my husband and I to adopt a child. But, I think we will consider respite care. It's like being a relief-foster family...

Anyway, please open your hearts and minds to these children. So far, I've featured four children on our newscasts... Here they are... and yes, you will soon hear about the girl who didn't know how to make a wish! Her story will be up later...

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Your stories are making a difference! Kids are going to find forever families because of your efforts! Thank you so much! Keep going! Melinda