News 8 first featured her 18 months ago, but Maria is still waiting for a forever family. Now we re-introduce you to Maria, who has a fun-loving spirit and warmed up to our news camera almost instantly.
Eight-year-old Maria said she was nervous being on TV for the first time, but it sure didn't show. News 8's Marcella Lee began the playdate by asking Maria what she wants to be when she grows up. She answered:
"I want to be a lot of things. I want to be a cop and TV person."
And though Marcella couldn't help out in the cop department, she asked Maria if she wanted a shot in front of the camera, and Maria didn't hesitate in giving an impromptu report.
"My name is Maria, and I'm reporting live on Balboa Park."
Maria then described the scene around her, which comprised of the very thing she's missing:
"I see a lot of families and a lot of kids," she said.
Maria is still searching for her forever family.
"I would like a fun mom and dad," she said
"She's in a foster home, and they are not able to adopt. So we're looking for a permanent home for her," explained Nicole Espinosa a Protective Services worker.
Maria has a lot of favorites. For example, her favorite color is pink. Her favorite food is spaghetti and meatballs, mac and cheese and pizza.
And while this third grader is very verbal and has a broad vocabulary, she'd love to have parents who can help her get caught up in math.
"A lot of kids move from school-to-school. They have a difficult time, they lose a piece when they move to a different school," said Espinosa. "They're studying different things, sometimes they get behind so they just need something where somewhere she can stay at one school and get educational needs met."
Maria likes to make people laugh and was such a joy during the News 8 playdate.
"Very happy and outgoing little girl. She's just a doll very sweet, anybody would be lucky to have her in their home. She's just uh, needs a permanent home," continued Espinosa.
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 form.