“I want to be a therapist for foster kids like me,” Teen wants career in industry that helped her

A Place to Call Home
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OKLAHOMA – Positive. That’s how Heidi lives life.

She’s likable, well-rounded and a sweet teenager.

Heidi is a girly girl.

So, we thought it would be fun to go shopping.

But, of course, you must have money to go shopping.

“NBC Oklahoma. It’s a bank that sponsors our series, wanted me to give you $50, so you can spend it in here any way you want,” said Reporter Lacey Lett.

“Awesome!” Heidi responds.

Heidi lives at a foster home in Tulsa now.

She moved from Ardmore at the beginning of the year.

It’s her 20th time to move, and it never gets easier.

In fact, this time has been especially tough.

“It’s hard to not really see them and, then, when you’re finally comfortable in one place. Like, I’m comfortable in Ardmore. When I was moved from there, it’s like taking a part of me away,” Heidi said.

While she longs for a stable home, the 14-year-old is also ready to explore the world.

One of her dream destinations is London.

“My friends. They say they want to go to London and show the queen how to ‘whip and nae nae,’ and they can teach her how to eat properly,” Heidi said.

Heidi is pretty talented, too.

She enjoys singing, and she loves the stage.

Drama is one of her favorite subjects in high school.

“I like acting. It’s really fun just to be something that you’re not. Just like trying to be that character is really fun,” Heidi said.

She’s an entertainer at heart.

But, she’s keeping her options open for the future.

“If I don’t become a singer, I want to be a therapist for foster kids like me. But, I want to do teenagers, because I can relate to teenagers more, because I can tell everything they’re going to do, because I’ve done it,” Heidi said.

Although Heidi has been in and out of multiple homes throughout her 11 years in DHA, she said she doesn’t like the labels that go with her to each foster home.

“Each house you go to, they tell you what you’ve done in the past, and then that’s how they look at you and then, when you’re not that way, they’re confused about it,” Heidi said.

For this teenager, a place to call home would be a dream come true.

“I want a person I can actually call mom and dad until I graduate and then when I come back after I graduate,” Heidi said.

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

Call them at 405-767-2955.

Click here for more information on adopting a child.

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