She reads the bible for inspiration, spent much of her childhood taking care of her younger brother and is now hoping for a family who will take care of her. We meet 17 year old Chasity in this week's Wednesday's Child.
Chasity says she is an athlete. She enjoys most sports.
“I'm outgoing, I'm very observant, and I like to have fun," said Chasity. "I used to be on the swim team so I love to swim. I love to text, play volleyball, being active.”
She does not shy away from a challenge like facing hurricane force winds in one of the booths at The Bounce Palace in Pearl. She talked about her favorite subject in school and her plans for a career.
“My best subject right now is Biology." Chasity told us. "I want to be a childcare nurse in the Air Force when I grow up.”
Chasity says she has been in foster care since she was 12 years old. She says being in foster care can bring extra pressure for a teenager. It is also hard being separated from her younger brother.
“Since I've been separated from my little brother, its very challenging because I have to worry about finding a foster home or an adoptive home that's going to let me see him,” Chasity explained.
Caring for her younger brother has made Chasity protective of other children.
“It is very difficult because it could have caused a lot of outcomes," said Chasity. "If I would have ever gotten caught for stealing food or skipping school to be with him or just the things that went on.”
Trust can be an issue for Chasity.
“You give me one hundred percent, I'll give you mine, she told us. "I'll be truthful to you as long as you're truthful with me.”
Chasity says she hopes to find a family who won't give up easily.
“Permanency, stability and commitment,” added Chasity. “Because I've never had that.”
Other children are also waiting for their forever families, if you would like to learn more, call the Mississippi Adoption Resource Exchange at 1-800-821-9157.
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