Fifteen-year-old Stephanie is very articulate, very outspoken, and very independent. She says she has to be independent because she believes she has to take care of herself. She says there's no one else to do that for her.
Stephanie has had a difficult life. She has been in a lot of placements, in a lot of foster homes. Stephanie admits that some of the disruptions of her placements were her fault. But she insists she's a good kid, and says "I just want to be looked at as a normal, teenage kid."
When asked how she would respond to someone who offered her unconditional love, Stephanie said: "Well, honestly I don't really know, because I've never been that loved before. But how I would want to respond to it is, I would want to love them as much as they love me, back. And I just want to show them that I can love them, and have unconditional love for them as much as they have for me."
Stephanie really believes she could keep her promise to return unconditional love to an adoptive Mom and Dad.
For more information about Stephanie or any adoptable child call 1-615-741-6056.
You can also visit the Tennessee Department of Children's Services website.