"I want to be a vet. I am really good at being with animals. I want to help animals around the world so they won't become extinct (I'm really good at Science)... Well.. I have a lot of things that I want to be...
Eleven-year-old Nichole* has passion, excitement and IDEAS. Full of confidence that she can, indeed, do anything she sets her mind to do, her vision for her future, like her energy for today, is boundless. She is dreaming big and wide, and it is beautiful.
It is a beauty that stands in sharp contrast to the story that is her past and that might have been her future. That was a story of chaos and pain, of hurt and disappointment, of broken lives and broken promises. "If I hadn't come to The Children's Home, I think I would've had a very bad future."
But, thankfully, that is not her future now. Two years ago, Nichole and her sister came to live at Presbyterian Home for Children and began the process of being restored and cherished. It has been two years of ups and downs culminating in the recent decision by the Department of Family and Protective Services to end the roller coaster and Nichole's parent's parental rights.
"There's not even a chance I'll go home again... I felt sad, but in a way, I didn't because I think I needed that. My parents would sometimes show up and sometimes not show up (for visits). I think they should have known to come, and they should have come... I would get very upset, frustrated and angry..."
Nichole's number one wish is that she could "restart my life all over in a good way." She realizes that's merely a wish. Whether being adopted or remaining here at The Children's Home, she's excited about what the next few years may bring. "I have people here who actually care about me and take care of me. I have a good education, food to eat and a good environment to live in... I like a lot of things here."
...like, I want to be a cosmetologist, and I want to be a house designer... and I want to design clothes... I love to shop. If I could do anything, I'd shop... and I'm really good at...