Tuesday's Child Haley doesn't want teens to be forgotten
Sixteen-year-old Haley first went into state care when she was a baby. Then at age 6, she was back in foster care again. Now, she's living in a group home and still waiting for the right family to come along.
"I haven't really had a childhood. I grew up really fast. I had no choice," Haley said. "It's been so difficult because I don't know what's going to happen if I don't find a family."
Haley was recently interviewed by Adoption Rhode Island's Marsha Fernandes and Jeffrey Mendes for Options, the LGBTQ community magazine. She's asking gay and lesbian couples to consider adoption.
"I feel if I had two moms they would be more understanding of what I'm going through. They'd know how to teach me about girl things and stuff that I haven't learned," Haley said.
Haley has been waiting a long time to find a permanent home. She's looking for a family who will accept her as she is.
Haley wants to make sure that she and other teens in state care, living in group homes, are not forgotten.
"People don't know that we're here but we are," she said.
Adoption Rhode Island says single people and couples of any sexual orientation are welcomed as adoptive parents.
The phone number for Adoption Rhode Island is 401-865-6000.