Wednesday's Child: Maria: talented teen who loves animals

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The following information is provided by Wednesday's Child, an organization that helps Idaho foster children find permanent homes.


I want to know what it feels like to have a family or somebody that would be there for somebody…I’ve never had that. I’ve never had a mom and a dad. It would be really cool for me to have that and start a fresh life.” — Maria


Maria, age 17, is a delightful young lady who is talented, engaging and wise. This is evident right when you meet her, particularly if you talk about her favorite subject: animals. Maria loves animals and knows a lot about them — more than the average person. She says her favorite animal is the tiger, but her face lights up at the mention of any animal.

She has saved baby kittens, a baby squirrel, and is kind-hearted toward living creatures in general. In fact, her favorite holiday is Easter because of the baby animals it represents. She would love her chores to be the care of animals, and she hopes to have her own pets someday. She would love to do volunteer work at the zoo, the aquarium or an animal shelter. When asked what she would like to do for a career as an adult, she says, “Work with animals!”

Maria donated her hair to Locks of Love and feels good about doing something positive and caring for someone else. She has worked hard at overcoming some of the obstacles in her life and she is proud of that too. She desires a family that will accept her for who she is while continuing to support her progress, engage with her, communicate with her, and just plain have fun with her. Maria loves to have fun and laugh. She likes jokes and little pranks or tricks to make others laugh with her.

Maria would like to fish, camp, explore, hike, or participate in other outdoor activities, especially if they have to do with nature or being in the mountains, which she loves. She likes to try new things.

Maria hopes to have a job someday soon and participate in other activities common to teens her age, such as hanging out with friends, going to the YMCA, attending dances or the prom. She is looking forward to planning her Quinceanera.

What Maria likes about school is meeting new people. She is accepting of people and shows this by talking to them. She is also an avid reader. Her favorite books are the “Warrior Cat” series. Her favorite subject is choir. She not only loves to sing but is incredibly gifted and talented in this area. She can sing any genre of music very well. Hearing Maria sing will give you goosebumps or bring tears to your eyes.

Maria needs to be supported in her singing endeavor. She needs someone who will stop what they are doing to listen to her new song, go to her choir concerts, and find and support new avenues for her to grow in her talent.

Maria states that the most important qualities in a family are “…that they’re understanding…that they know how you feel…they listen to what you have to say…I want to be accepted in a family.” She also feels she would do best if she were an only child or the oldest.

Maria’s caseworker describes Maria as having a very unique, fun personality with a great sense of humor and quick wit. She is playful, truly inspirational, very smart, passionate, and has a big heart. She is a very sweet girl who is made of something indescribably special, including resiliency, and the ability to thrive.

Maria needs energetic, understanding parents who will allow her to explore more, try new things, and who will learn and grow with her. Because she is so smart, she may ask difficult questions and needs a family willing to handle them. Maria needs a family that is patient, quick to forgive, and continues to see her strengths, with the ability to model appropriate coping skills.

It would benefit Maria if a family is willing to become trauma-informed. Children who benefit from trauma-informed parents have so much potential. Maria needs a family willing to start fresh each day, moving into it with positivity. Maria has a lot of love and is willing and ready to give it to a family.


For more information on the Wednesday's Child Program in Idaho, visit, or contact Recruitment Coordinator Shannon Foust at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 488-8989 if you have specific questions.

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