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SALT LAKE CITY — This week's Wednesday's Child says she knows her family is out there, and she says she can wait for them to find her.
"I just want a family that will love me; that I'll be there for them and love them as well, and be a part of something great," Mariah said.
The 17-year-old says if she could paint the picture of the perfect family, it would look pretty simple. "If God gave me a family, I'd be so blessed," she said.
Mariah wants a family to care for her, and who she can care about, a stable home, a loving environment — all things many kids take for granted.
"I've never had that family that loves you and cares about you just because, and won't hurt you or love you because you're worthless," Mariah said.
-Graduate from college
-Have her own place
Mariah loves art, and for someone who has never taken formal lessons, her skills are impressive. She also loves science and wants to be a forensic scientist someday.
-Europe, I would like to study the culture
-California, for vacation
-Hawaii, for vacation
Moving around from foster home to foster home for the last year has been rough, but Mariah is patient. She knows her family is out there, they just need to find each other.
"I believe that God has sent me this way because I deserve a family, because I want a family," she said. "There's a family for everybody."
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