Destiny is an 11-year-old girl who is personable and articulate. For her Wednesday’s Child feature, she was able to visit the Denver zoo and get a behind-the-scenes look at some of the animals. She’s full of questions and commentary.
“Do their quills really shoot out?” she asks, looking at a porcupine.
“Woah,” is her comment, when shown a snake.
“You’re so soft,” she comments while stroking a bunny.
While meeting a Eurasian owl, “He looks like he has a brown tutu!”
Describing herself, Destiny says she’s “funny,” “goofy,” and “sassy, for sure.” She dreams of being a singer and is interested in working in criminal justice. Although she’s only a sixth-grader, she’s already got college on the mind.
Visiting with the reporter, she has a lot to say about what life is like for a child in foster care. “It’s kind of hard not being able to have that affection and love that you would get in a home,” she says, adding that as a foster child “you have to learn to let go, you have to learn how to be independent.”
She looks forward to having a family she can call her own soon, remarking that “When I think of a family, I think of people who definitely have patience. People who can understand and feel for and be empathetic for what foster kids have to go through.”