Eliza: 30 Days of Hope

Eliza has a huge heart and is very kind and caring

There are more than 750 children who are ready for adoption in Virginia. They are ready to find a permanent and loving forever family. 10 News is sharing the stories of one child who needs a home every day in November 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. 2023 marks the seventh year 10 News is doing this series.

Eliza has a huge heart and is very kind and caring.

“My friends would describe me as bubbly, funny, outgoing, hilarious,” said the 15-year-old who likes being active. “I’m very devoted to gymnastics so if I was good at something it would probably be gymnastics.”

The teen is looking forward to finding a family to call her own.

“I would describe a family as safe, loving, caring, a deep connection with multiple people, love. Families build me up and not tear me down,” said Eliza, who would prefer watching a movie with family instead of by herself.

Her favorite holidays are Christmas or Thanksgiving because of who is around.

“That’s when all family comes together and they just spend a lot of time together,” said Eliza. “Belonging means you’re fit for somewhere, you feel like this is a great place or there’s no other place perfect.”

She is most proud of her achievements made in school.

“I feel safe when I have a nice place to sleep at, I have people that will watch over me, people that will help me whenever something goes wrong and when I have a nice loving family,” said Eliza.

Eliza loves the color yellow and enjoys getting new art supplies, sketching, and journaling. She also likes painting outside.

There are about 5,000 children in Virginia’s foster care program and more than 750 of those children can be adopted. If you have questions about foster care/adoption, contact the VDSS Division of Family Services Adoption Recruitment Coordinator, at adoptioninquiries@dss.virginia.gov.

You can see more about her 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.

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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.