Creative teenager needs patient forever family

Published on Saturday, 24 May 2014 21:17 - Written by Gillian Sheridan

Diane is a friendly, insightful young lady who likes animals and spending time outside.

“I like riding dirt bikes and four-wheelers. I like playing with dogs and I like cats,” she said.

This seventh-grader is very creative. She enjoys singing in the school choir and making things.

“I like to do art and, whatever comes to my mind, I just do it,” Diane said.

“She makes friends pretty well and is doing well in school,” Kim Rhodes, Diane’s Child Protective Services caseworker, said. “She has to have some tutoring in one subject, but other than that she’s doing really well at school.”

This 14-year-old has been in foster care about five years.

“Teenagers have a hard time figuring who they are anyway, and add to that foster care and not having a family can be really hard to figure out who they are going to be,” Ms. Rhodes said.

Diane also has had a lot of disappointment.

“I’ve been adopted before, but it didn’t work out. It made me feel kind of mad and kind of sad,” she said.

“She’s wondering if there is somebody out there for her that’s a good family, and I believe there is,” Ms. Rhodes said. “We just haven’t quite found them yet.”

Diane needs a family who will be patient and understanding, and give her time to trust again.

“She’s got a good heart,” Ms. Rhodes said. “She just needs somebody who can help her control her emotions, and I think she can learn that because she wants to do right.”

Diane is a young girl with a good heart and a desire to be loved, “because I want a family!” she said.


To learn more about Diane, join Gillian Sheridan for her Children are a Gift report, Tuesday night on CBS 19 News at 10. You can also find information on and . To inquire about an East Texas child waiting to be adopted, call 903-676-2407.