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Wednesday's Child: 16-year-old Destiney

Nurses save lives every day. 16-year-old Destiney wants to do that.

If you've ever thought about adopting a child and haven't done it yet, this could be the sign you've been waiting for.

Would you consider opening your home to a teenager?

They need people to love, care for, and believe in them just like younger children.

If you ask Destiney what she wants to become in life, she will tell you she wants to become a registered nurse. There are many reasons for this, starting with the most obvious.

"I love taking care of people and I love helping people a lot," she said.

Nurses save lives every day. 16-year-old Destiney wants to do that. 

"I just love to take care of people. It just comes from my heart. I have a big heart for people if they're in need of help or something I always try to help them and put my stuff aside," she said.

At the UT Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation, Destiney got hands-on experience. She practiced being a nurse on dummies that looked very real.

"It's fun," she said. "I helped a mom give birth."

Destiney loves being around little children. In many ways, they bring her comfort just like music does.

"I'm trying to learn how to play the piano," she said. "I can play 'Twinkle twinkle little star' on it."

Destiney wants to shine like a star and knows she can do it with the right family guiding her and helping her into adulthood. 

"A mom, a dad, some siblings, younger or older like nieces and nephews. Just a happy family," she said.

As long as she gets adopted before she ages out of the system at age 18, Destiney will be grateful for any family who opens their arms and heart.

"I'll just take what I get," she said. "I'm not picky about a family. I just want someone to love me for me."

Just like Destiney wants to give love and care she also needs to receive it. Destiney needs parents who believe in her, will help her achieve her goals and will give her a chance to be a daughter.

You must be licensed to foster or adopt in the state of Texas.

If you're already licensed, contact LaQueena Warren with CPS and she will forward your information to Destiney's caseworker.

If you are not licensed, contact LaQueena and she'll help you get the process started: Laqueena.warren@dfps.state.tx.us or 817-304-1272.

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