Sweet teenager needs supportive family

Published on Saturday, 9 August 2014 20:41 - Written by Gillian Sheridan Gsheridan@cbs19.tv

Selena is a kind 16-year-old who wants a better life.

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

She enjoys the outdoors, drawing and animals, and she is a typical teenager.

“I like to go to the malls, swimming and hanging out with friends,” Selena said.

She likes school and is in the 11th grade.

“I’m good at math,” she said.

“She 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,” she said.

It’s given her aspirations to become an athletic trainer when she grows up.

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

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

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

Despite years in foster care, she’s hopeful about finding a forever family.

“Very positive about it,” Ms. Pride said. “She’ll tell you exactly what she’s looking for.”

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

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

“She’s just a great kid,” Ms. Pride said.


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 foster child waiting to be adopted, call 903-533-4242 or email gsheridan@cbs19.tv.