Monday, June 6, 2011
Hundreds of children in Kansas are starting off their summer without one essential thing: a family.
One of these children is an incredibly intelligent girl named Jasmine. Jasmine is 15-years-old and is in the gifted program at her school. Once you meet her, you know she is gifted in many ways.
During a science class visit to the zoo, Jasmine looks at the bond between the baby and his mother in two ways. As part of a science class, and also as something she does not have.
The high school freshman has been in foster care since 2006. She has lived in six different homes in six years. And, she has moved three times since she started school in September.
But school is a refuge for Jasmine. "What's your favorite subject in school," I ask. "Math," Jasmine answers. I'm a good student. I'm in the gifted program."
When Jasmine isn't watching television or studying, she likes sports and she sings in the church choir. She is trying to grasp at being a part of a stable group in everything that she does and everywhere she goes.
When asked what the worst part of being in foster care is, Jasmine didn't have to think long about her answer. "Moving around a lot," she said. "I wouldn't say I'm used to it, I'm tired of it. But, I basically haven't had stability all of my life."
If you think you may have a loving home for Jasmine, or another foster child in Kansas, call 1-877-457-5430 or go to AdoptKSKids.org.