This week's Wednesday's Child is Patrice -- a budding artist who just had her tenth birthday and is ready to take on the world.
GameWorks is video game heaven for Patrice. We followed each other from one game to the next, and in between shared some pizza. She's very glib about her situation.
"I've been living in foster care for about two years now, because my dad is kind of abusive. So they put me in foster care," admits Patrice.
She's equally honest about the counseling she gets for her troubled early years.
"I learn about my anger and stuff, and how to control it, and things like that. So I'm doing really good, though. I had a lot of stuff to do," says Patrice.
"She's a sweet girl, really," says Candice, Patrice's Basic Skills Case Worker.
Candice teaches Patrice organizational techniques and practical lessons she'll need in life.
"Well, she has her own style -- she's very creative. So like in the morning, she tries on a lot of clothes and she doesn't like to put them away, she just throws them everywhere. So I'm working with her to pick an outfit and make sure it's not five pair of jeans or five skirts you try on," says Candice.
Patrice loves sci-fi, the color black and admits she's kind of a tomboy, but she's also admits, "I like art. I'm very artistic. I like drawing," says Patrice.
Candice agrees, Patrice is creative and loves the outdoors. But most of all, "She just wants to be loved, I think. She just wants a family that cares about her and the stability. She wants stability in her life. She hasn't had a lot of that and that's what we're hoping for," says Candice.
Get the process of adopting Patrice started by making the call right now to the Adoption Exchange at 4365-6335. They'll have answers for you.