Eleven is a tough age. You're not a teenager, and you're no longer a youngster. On top of that, this week's Wednesday's Child has the added challenge of not having parents. Dave Courvoisier introduces us to Brianna.
The first thing you'll notice about this 11-yr-old is that she appears to be much older. Brianna is tall, and composed, and just a little quiet. The more we walked and talked by the duck pond at Sunset Park, the more she warmed up to the conversation.
"What should I tell people about you?" asks Dave. "That I'm a good kid." answers Brianna. "Anything else?" "That I won't do bad stuff....and I will always listen." adds Brianna.
Brianna clearly wants a family. It's something she's discussed with her case worker about on more than one occasion.
"We have talked about that. Brianna would love to be adopted and have a permanent family somebody who's going to love her and be there for her as she grows up," says Phyllis, Brianna's DFS Case Worker.
Brianna likes to dance and sing...she's doing well in school, and wants a hamster, but says: "I do like dogs and cats."
Phyllis says she's seen Brianna grow over the last 7 years.
"Tremendously. She of course has grown physically, she's grown her emotional needs are not as severe as they were when she was younger. She, socially, she is making friends and doing well in school," remarks Phyllis.
Brianna would need a home that provides structure, and parents with lots of patience.
"Someone who's going to love her. Who's going to care for her. Be there for her. Who's going to provide structure, discipline, although she's not a bad little girl, but she definitely needs that structure and support and love," says Phyllis.
Brianna is free and clear for adoption, and is overdue for adoption in to the right family. If you'd like to get started in the process... Call the local office of the adoption Exchange now at 436-6335.