She's a 14-year-old girl who wants the simple things in life - parents to come home to after school who will help her with her homework, parents who care. Meet Megan, who just wants the one basic need everyone deserves – to feel loved.
Megan isn't asking for much:
"I want a family because a lot of the times, I feel just lonely."
Megan knows what it feels like to have a family, because for most of her life she was raised by her grandparents.
"Yeah our relationship was really good. They were basically my parents," said Megan.
But then her grandfather died of a heart attack and soon after that, Megan lost her grandmother too.
"She had a cancer, so it was kind of a process. They knew she was going to die, when it finally happens, it's just like, you can't believe it," explained Megan.
That was three years ago, when Megan was 11.
"Before they died, we didn't really know what foster care was," she continued.
Megan has an older sister in college, and one about to graduate high school, but Megan, who's in eighth grade, doesn't want to age out of the system when she's 18. Megan is longing for that unconditional love, her grandma used to give.
"She was a really loving person, she was a really loving person, she was really sweet. She'd give you the shirt of your back. I miss being able to talk to her about anything," Megan said.
Despite her heartbreaking losses, Megan remains positive. She is gracious, soft spoken and has a beautiful smile.
"I'm pretty easy to get along with, I think, I get a long with everybody actually. I like to sing, I love Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift."
And when I asked Megan to sing, I was blown away. She is an amazing singer.
Megan deserves parents to put their arms around her and greet her after school.
"I would love to just go home and tell my mom today was a good day, or ask her if one of my friends can come over, play catch with my dad or play softball with him," she added.
She'd like a family to help her make healthy choices. Megan says she feels singled out where she's living now:
"I was like the only one who had to eat differently or had to exercise more than the others."
"You feel judged, and it's just not cool when you do it alone."
Megan would prefer to be part of an active family that enjoys nutritious meals.
"Together, it's not like, well everybody else gets to eat this, and I have to eat like a salad or something."
Megan is hopeful there's a family out there perfect for her - a family she can call her own.
If you're interested in adopting or becoming a foster family, call 1-877-I-ADOPT-U.
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News 8 would also like to thank Michael Spengler at Studio M in La Jolla for the Heart Gallery photos you saw in this story.
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