About two years ago we shared the story of a nine year old girl in foster care.
We took Dalesha to the Tyler Mall to meet Santa Claus. Among the many toys she asked for, she also requested a forever family. Unfortunately, as another holiday quickly approaches, her wait continues. So, we met up with Dalesha again, now 12 years old, in hopes this will be a Merry Christmas.
An afternoon of shopping at Katie's in Tyler - just what every 12 year old girl loves to do.
Dalesha is a friendly, well-spoken girl. She has an independent spirit and an assertive personality.
"She always says she's working on her attitude and how to make her attitude better," said her CPS caseworker Micah Goss.
"My attitude can be very big and it can also be very annoying," said Dalesha.
Her frustration comes from an abusive past that lead to removal from her home almost 4 years. Since then, she's been placed in several different foster homes.
"It's been tough moving and leaving friends behind and leaving friends and teachers, people you like, neighbors and stuff."
She is diligently working to improve her behavior.
"I'm going to counseling and I'm talking to my friends about it and what I should do and I'm talking to my foster mom and then I'm talking to all the other kids in the house and they're giving me tips on how to release my anger," said Dalesha.
While she remains hopeful she'll find a forever family, the wait can be long.
"I'm tired of seeing adults and parents with their younger kids walking across the street on their very first day of school and I don't get to do that. I ride the bus," said Dalesha.
Despite feelings of loss, this 7th grader stays focused in the classroom, making As and Bs.
And while there is a lot of uncertainty in her life at this point, Dalesha remains determined to work through her fears.
"It just makes me nervous when I know I'm going to be adopted and I might sabotage it again," said Dalesha.
"But you have control of that and you know what to do?" I asked her.
"I think, I'm not positive yet," she replied. But she's working on it. Working, and waiting, on the gift of love.
If you'd like more information on Dalesha, call our Gift of Love hotline, toll-free at 1-888-KIDS-275.
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