Artistic, funny, outgoing, creative, and compassionate are just a few words that come to mind when thinking about D., a 13-year-old who just started 7th grade.
“D. is a very caring and likable kid,” says Diana, her Child-Specific Recruiter. “She is always thinking about others and wanting to make sure justice is served. She has very profound beliefs about social justice and advocates for others. She is not afraid to speak up and challenge others.”
Although it has been more difficult to meet up in person, due to COVID-19, when Diana and D. have been able to get together, they have talked about everything from personal style to how to create a more equitable world.
“The last time I saw D., we went shopping together!” says Diana. “Although D. is more of a ‘tomboy’ and a self-described “Vans girl”, she loved getting new shoes and a sweatshirt. While D. is one of those kids that would rather be outside getting dirty playing sports, she also is very into her style and always wants to make sure she is looking ‘on point’. My favorite thing about our visits has been our deep conversations about social justice and the change that needs to be done in the world,” says Diana.
“My favorite thing about our visits has been our deep conversations about social justice and the change that needs to be done in the world.”
In addition to having compassion for others as a social justice advocate, D. loves to express her creativity through dance and music. “Music is what keeps me going!” says D. She plays the guitar and, in the past, has played at her church. She doesn’t currently have a home church but would like to have one once she is in a forever home. Although she has never been in a formal dance class, she would love to join one day.
When D. thinks of her future, she hopes to do something with music but is unsure in what capacity. She would also like to be involved in racial justice work. As someone who is very passionate about racial justice and equality, it is important to her that her forever family share these same values and beliefs.
She wants to be part of a family that is “very active and on-the-go!” Her ideal family will be excited to show her new places and try new things. D. prefers to live in the metro area in order to stay in her current school and be able to maintain contact with her birth siblings.
Although she sees herself with a two-dad family, D. is open to other family compositions. Most importantly, she says, “I want a family that values fighting against injustices and is involved in making the world a better place.”
“D. would thrive in a family that could set boundaries and has structure yet still maintains flexibility,” says Diana. “My biggest hope is for her is that she can find a family where she is able to trust in adults again. She has had many people disappoint her or let her down, and I hope there is a family that can change that narrative in her life. I hope D. is able to grow and enjoy being a kid without having to be in charge of worrying about other people.”
Details to Note
Due to contracts with the Minnesota Department of Human Services, the cost of adopting a child from Minnesota foster care is virtually free to families.
Learn More About D.
If you would like to know more about D., please contact Diana Mena at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-255-2349. Families may have to provide certain documentation to receive full information.