Wednesday’s Child: Jessica


This week’s Wednesday’s Child is a bright, compassionate 13-year-old. She’s also a thrill-seeker. Jessica’s favorite place to go is Silver Dollar City for the roller coasters.

“This is actually my first time riding the big ones,” Jessica said.

She also loves to swim, fish, and spend time outdoors. She enjoys all sports, but basketball is her favorite. That’s something Silver Dollar City was tipped off on, and surprised her with a Harlem Globetrotters ball.

From Powder Keg, to Wildfire, and the Time Traveler, Jessica took on the ups and downs of the coasters all day. Getting through each one was a victory; a theme familiar to Jessica. Riding roller coasters is indeed like tackling life’s twists and turns.

“That’s what I really want to do; help people get through tough times, like I have,” Jessica said.

Jessica said she sticks up for people who are being bullied because she’s been bullied too.

She also enjoys creating relationships and helping other foster children.

“If people have tough times with their foster families, I can try to help them,” Jessica said. “Because I’ve been through the exact same things people out there have, so I can tell them the way I feel and we might feel the same way, if we just talk about it.”

Jessica said she’d like her future family to be adventurous with her, know she’s nice to be around, and she’s also a helper at home.

“I do things to help around the house,” Jessica said.

She also would like to be adopted into a family that has children, so she can have brothers and sisters.

May is National Foster Care Month. There is always a need for foster homes, especially for children ages six and older. Recruiting families for older children can be more challenging than finding a placement for an infant.

Every family will need to be licensed, before more information can be shared with them about a specific child.

Terry Saddler, with the Missouri Department of Social Services, answers all foster and adoptive licensing questions. You can reach her at (417) 895-7831. You can also look at frequently asked questions on the Missouri Department of Social Services website.

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