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April living in emergency shelter, hoping to find a home

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She's counting the days that she's had to live in an emergency shelter and 11-year-old April, who's turning 12 next month, is hoping she just might be able to celebrate her birthday in a new home. Meet April whose positive outlook on life is keeping her going through this challenging time.

April and News 8's Marcella Lee had so much fun exploring the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, because science is one of her favorite subjects.

And if April could write her own history book, it would include a chapter, in which she finally finds a forever home, with parents to call her own.

"I would love to have a mom and dad and if they have pets, make sure they're dogs and cats. I love dogs and cats. I also would like my own room, if that's okay," April said.

Right now, April is living in an emergency shelter. She been there 65 days, which is 65 days too many without a stable home. April says she thinks a lot about having a home and the sadness in her face is heartbreaking.

"I think about it in class. I get sad and depressed because I can't have a home, but eventually I'll find one," April continued.

But April remains optimistic that someone will step forward to love her soon.

"I would want one that cares for me and one I can express my feelings to," added April.

And she lights up when she talks about the things she'd enjoy doing in a new home with a new family.

"I like to cook and bake, I love sports," explained April.

What kind of daughter would April be?

"A nice loving one, I love to go outdoors. I used to love fishing, but I can't now," April said.

April is simply yearning for family time.

"Just come out, maybe go to the movies, eat out." She added.

April's social workers describe her as smart, and observant. She's inquisitive and eager to learn. In school, she sets high goals for herself. She is a straight A student – sometimes gets a mix of As and Bs, but always strives to do her best.

However, April shouldn't have to do it alone. She has seen her friends successfully matched. Recently on February 5, her best friend found a home. April is holding out hope that her turn is next.

"If you have room in your home, please take me in," April said.

If you are interested in adopting from foster care, or becoming a foster family, call 1-877-I-ADOPT-U to learn more about getting started. The County of San Diego offers monthly orientation.

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