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11-year-old Selinda in urgent need of a forever home

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She's an 11-year-old girl who has suffered far too many disappointments in her short life. And right now, Selinda is in an emergency children's shelter and in urgent need of a forever home.

She is a soft-spoken girl with an angelic voice that compliments her name.

The meaning of her name Selinda, is heaven. And her smile is like a ray of sunshine from up above. She said she likes having such a unique name.

I was told Selinda can be shy at first and very quiet until she feels comfortable with her environment, but she quickly opened up to me and many of the things she shared, broke my heart.

"Well, I've been in foster care since I was four," she said.

Selinda says life is tough, at the emergency children's shelter where's she living right now.

"I'm not enjoying it," Selinda said. "Because we can't do things like normal kids. Every time we go out on outings, we can't get pictures taken."

She doesn't have many pictures, because she's not allowed to be seen.

Selinda is in the sixth grade. And explained that the only thing she doesn't like about it is PE, because she has to change every day.

Not a problem for most kids, but Selinda must also use her gym gear at the children's shelter. And with no parents to help her remember her shoes and clothing each day, she sometimes finds it overwhelming.

"Sometimes I can't bring my clothes or find them," she noted.

Aside from that, Selinda says she's doing her best to adjust to her new school and is making friends.

She said that she's getting A's, B's and C's, but in Earth Science she receiving an F and thinks it due to her tests. She added that the staff at the shelter sometimes helps her with her homework, but sometimes she doesn't ask for help. And knows it could be "much better" if she had a family.

"I would like a mom so we could watch movies together, go shopping and get our nails done. One that cooks good, and walks a dog," Selinda explained.

And she would also like to help with the cooking and baking and would like a parent to help her with her homework – especially Earth Science.

Selinda is counting the days until she moves of the emergency children's shelter and tells me she asks God every night to find her a good home.

If you're interested in adopting or becoming a foster family, call 1-877-I-ADOPT-U.

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