Positive teenager would like family that has children

Published on Saturday, 24 August 2013 20:10 - Written by By Gillian Sheridan gsheridan@cbs19.tv

Selena is a kind 15-year-old who wants a better life.

“She’s just a sweet, well-rounded girl,” said April Pride, her CPS caseworker. “She takes a minute to warm-up to you but once she does, she’s very talkative and outgoing.”

She enjoys the outdoors, drawing, animals and is a typical tee­nager. “I like to go to the malls, swimming and hanging out with friends.”

She likes sch­ool and is in the 10th-grade. “I’m good at math.”

“She just made the A/B honor roll last year,” Ms. Pride said.

Selena is also involved in school activities. “Last year I was in basketball for half a season, then manager for half a season and this year I made the trainer.” It’s given her aspirations to become an athletic trainer when she grows up.

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This young lady is working hard to overcome her past to excel in the future.

“My real parents didn’t support me. It affected me by not having a family to come to my basketball games and stuff,” she said.

“She’s very open with how she feels and aware of what’s going on,” exp­lained Pride.

Despite years in foster care, she’s hopeful about finding a forever family. “Very positive about it. She’ll tell you exactly what she’s looking for.”

Selena said, “I want a mom and a dad and an older sibling and a younger sibling.”

A family who will be there for her, helping to plan the next phase of her life.

“She’s just a great kid.”

To learn more about Selena, join Gillian Sheridan for her “Children are a Gift” report, Tuesday night on CBS 19 Ten @ 10. You can also find information on www.CBS19.tv and www.tylerpaper.com . To inquire about an East Texas child waiting to be adopted call 903-533-4109.