Destiny: 30 Days of Hope

The 13-year-old loves animals and wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up

There are more than 700 children who are ready for adoption in Virginia. They are ready to find a permanent and loving forever family. 10 News is profiling one child who needs a home every day during the hours of 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. in 30 Days of Hope. The children are all ages and races and were put into foster care due to no fault of their own. 2022 marks the sixth year 10 News is doing this series.


Destiny would love to play video games with her adoptive family saying, “play Mario Party. It’s like where you can play with four or five players.”

The 13-year-old describes her ideal family as, “I would say a caring mom, a fun Dad, a non-annoying little brother and a caring sister.”

This is the second year we’ve featured Destiny during 30 Days of Hope and she’s still looking for a family.

She wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up.

“I want the world to be full with animals and I want the animals to be loved, because of some of the commercials I’ve seen they haven’t been loved like they should. If I don’t have an animal in my life, then I don’t even have a life,” Destiny said. “I want to be like an animal rescuer or like the animals out on the streets or the animals that are not taken care of, I’m wanting to take care of.”

Destiny is very social and makes friends easily in any environment. She is well-liked by her peers and really enjoys spending time with them. Destiny is a very determined young person with a desire to do well and encourages others to do the same. The teen also enjoys school and does well in her studies.

“I’m actually pretty smart. Back in my very first school, I would have straight A’s, A’s and B’s. If you got A’s and B’s, we had this little ice cream shop and if you had good scores, you could get one free ice cream.”

Destiny is a sweet child with a very active imagination. She also loves reading and enjoys suspense, fiction and graphic novels.

“I am writing a story right now. I have two stories that I wrote. It’s like 100 sheets of a composition, but I took some out. So what I’m doing right now is I’m on page 73,” said Destiny.

Destiny has strong Christian values and enjoys participating in church services and reading the Bible. She also enjoys recreational activities such as swimming, playing board games, and playing outside.


If you have questions about Destiny or foster care/adoption, contact VDSS Division of Family Services Adoption Recruitment Coordinator, at adoptioninquiries@dss.virginia.gov.

You can see more about them here. I Belong Project™ videos are a project of Virginia’s Kids Belong in cooperation with America’s Kids Belong.

To see other 30 Days of Hope stories visit us here.

We also have a list of frequently asked questions about foster care and adoption including the qualifications, cost, and training required in this link.


About the Author

You can see Jenna weekday mornings at the anchor desk on WSLS 10 Today from 5-7 a.m. She also leads our monthly Solutionaries Series, where we highlight the creative thinkers and doers working to make the world a better place.

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