8-year-old Giselle hoping to find a forever family
Her favorite dessert is vanilla ice cream, but what would be even sweeter for eight-year-old Giselle is a family to call her own. She's had to move several times these past few years, and she's hoping her next move will be her last. Giselle is a sweet and easy-going girl, who is yearning to find parents who will love her.
News 8's Marcella Lee was so impressed by Giselle's quick-thinking and the ease with which she jumped right into the playdate. After spending just a few seconds with her, Giselle was chatting away.
Giselle's social worker says she recently made a smooth transition into her new foster home.
"She's done really well with other kids in the home, so that's definitely a positive. She calls her new foster siblings sisters and brothers already," said protective services worker, Laurel Bredthauer.
But what Giselle deserves is a forever home - one with parents who will not give up on her and not get frustrated by her frustrations with homework.
"She's had about three different schools in the last year so that's a lot for any kid," added Bredthauer.
Giselle, who is eight-years-old, is doing her best to catch up. And what's incredible, is that she only began speaking English about a year ago, which you would never know by talking to her. Giselle is in first grade and like Math and Reading. When Giselle finds her forever family, she can't wait to go to the beach, take the dog for a walk and create art.
Giselle is a sweet and caring child.
"She loves to double check and make sure everyone's doing okay," explained Bredthauer. "She's very conscientious of people around her. She has a lot of street smarts so she has a lot going for her and it's just finding the best possible match for her.
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 or go to their website to take that first step and fill out an adoption inquiry form.
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