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Alyssa is intelligent, creative, and looking for a forever family

Posted at 7:28 AM, Nov 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-24 07:28:21-05

RICHMOND, Va. — November is National Adoption Month and CBS 6 is Working For You through our partnership with JFS/Connecting Hearts to find every child in Virginia's foster system a loving family. Nearly 800 children in Virginia’s foster system are waiting for a permanent loving home. The pandemic has isolated them even further from the connections we take for granted at school, work, or home.

Especially acute is the need for older children to find a forever family before they age out of the system. You can have an impact even if it’s just for a year or two.

Alyssa, 16, is focused, intelligent, and has a smile that lights up the room. She loves reading and listening to music and doing arts and crafts.

"I'm a very good artist. I like to draw, and I like to paint, I like to sketch, mold, deconstruct, put stuff back together," she said.

Alyssa loves animals and hopes her forever family would allow her to have a pet. She also has a strong sense of who she is.

"I'm smart, I'm funny, I'm an open honest person I don't like to lie about anything," she said.

Alyssa also says she will bring those qualities to her new family.

As Connecting Hearts – A Deborah J Johnston Charity, celebrates National Adoption Month, our “30 Kids in 30 Days” initiative is to bring awareness to 30 kids or siblings who are available for forever homes. Our kids are all ages and races, they were put in foster care due to no fault of their own. To learn more about becoming a foster to adoption parent(s) click here. The I Belong Project™ videos are a project of Virginia’s Kids Belong in cooperation with America’s Kids Belong.