Teen who spends her time helping the less fortunate hoping for a home

OKLAHOMA - Kiaria is not like most girls her age.

While many 16 year olds are playing sports or handing out with friends, she is busy volunteering.

"Basically, it's where we go out, and we help the poor, and we go to a children's hospital and we fix them meals and stuff," Kiaria said.

The teen has a big heart and is always looking to help those less fortunate.

"I basically spend all of my time helping others, which is what I like to do," she said.

Despite being in DHS custody for five years, Kiaria said she feels blessed, because she at least was put in a group home.

However, she believes she is ready for something a little more permanent.

"When I come home, having a family that's like 'How was your day?' and having a home where we're sitting down on weekends, and watching movies and telling stories at night time," Kiaria said.

Kiaria said she wants to continue helping others when she grows up by becoming a respiratory therapist.

"My brother, he has asthma, and I love little kids, like little kids [are] my favorite," she said.

When she is not focused on others, she said she likes the simple things in life.

"I love to read. I love to ride bikes and go outside and play and stuff. I love to travel, too," she said.

She said she has also always wanted to visit Africa.

"I want to see how they live their life compared to how I live mine," she said.

If you're interested in adopting Kiaria or learning more about the adoption process, DHS would love to hear from you.

Call them at 405-767-2955.

Visit www.okdhs.org for more information on adopting a child.

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