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Help Debrianna Recover From Failed Adoption

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Wednesday's Child recently had a generous offer to visit a horse farm. And about the same time 12-year-old Debrianna came along. She was a perfect match!  Now if we could just find her a perfect parental match.

Rare rain in October greeted us for this encounter but Debrianna didn't mind. She was immediately mesmerized by our tour of the stables and the horses.

Debrianna appears to be a normal, inquisitive and bubbly 12-year-old, but underneath she hides the scars of a recent failed adoption.  

"She's been through it, yeah. And it was -- she was actually removed from her home for emotional abuse. And that's pretty hard to substantiate, so it was pretty bad," says Melinda, her clinical caseworker

But Melinda says Debrianna's current foster mother has really helped to erase the damage.

"She likes her a lot, she's able to maintain in the home, I mean a family setting in the home," says Melinda.

"She's like the best foster mom in the world," says Debrianna. 

"But she can't keep you forever?" Dave asks.   

"Huh-uh. I wish she could," says Debrianna regretfully.

Inevitably, Debrianna wanted to go horseback riding, even in the rain. Our hosts gladly obliged, and Debrianna rode like a natural!

Debrianna is good at school, except math. She loves to draw, and says she wants to be a famous singer someday after she finds time for her other hobbies.

"I like to read, I like to watch movies, I like to go to really fun places, like Chuck-E-Cheese and Circus Circus," says Debrianna.

Debrianna is doing well with the counseling she gets and her personality is just starting to bloom.

"She has a great sense of humor. She's, you know, she's positive and she finds humor in every situation," mentions Melinda.

Caseworker Melinda explains what the perfect home for Debrianna would look like.

"To me, it would look like a family that would work on her strengths and help her with her self-esteem. You know, really love her for who she is," says Melinda.

The Clark County Department of Family Services is looking for a family that will be able to give her a lot of individual attention.  

If you're interested, please call the local office of the Adoption Exchange at 436-6335.

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