Kids to Love: Shinya

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Shinya wants to travel and see the world when she grows up. But first, she has to get out of foster care. Shinya is a great athlete. She played volleyball last season and loves to shoot hoops, too.

“Basketball, we have a game next Thursday.” Shinya said.

She’s 13 years old and in the 7th grade.

“What kind of grades do you make?” Lee asks.

“Sometimes I make a C, sometimes I make a high D, but usually good grades.” Shinya answers.

Her favorite subject is grammar.

“How long have you been in foster care?” Lee asks.

“Since I was 8,” Shinya answers.

“Have you had to move a lot?” Lee asks.

“Four times,” Shinya says.

“What’s the hardest part?” Lee asks.

“Getting to get along with everyone,” Shinya answers.

With each move comes new schools.  It's a real challenge for Shinya, who wants to be active in extracurricular activities, but she’s got goals.

“What do you want to do when you grow up?” Lee asks.

“Be a nurse,” Shinya answers.

Shinya wants to help people. She’s hoping along the way she can find someone who will help her.

“What does adoption mean to you?” Lee asks.

“Mean that you… that acts like your real parents,” Shinya answers.

“Is that something you want?” Lee asks.

Shinya nods.

“Why is that important?” Lee asks.

“So you can be together whenever," Shinya answers.

Shinya likes to play board games and play outside. Her favorite foods are chicken fingers and fries. Click here for more information on adoption and foster care.