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Age: 16

My name is Brittany and I'm 16 years old. There are a lot of things to know about me; some are a giveaway while others you would have to get to know me in order to know. I have a lot of things that I wish to see happen in my life. A big one is finding a family that I can hopefully call my own one day. I have a lot to offer as a friend, sister, daughter, granddaughter, and so much more.

I have a lot of hobbies; however, my top favorite would have to be photography, without a doubt. To see through the lens of a camera is like understanding the difference of looking through muddy water verses crystal clear blue water. It opens your eyes to see things that you never knew were there; you realize that every picture you take holds a memory that you will never forget. I hope to work in the field of photography when I'm older, but I can't decide if I want it to be my main career or just a way to make some extra money. I realize that a lot of my hobbies surround anything that has to do with creativity.

This year I started out being a junior at school, as scary as it may sound I love it (minus the surplus amount of homework). I decided to take a college class this year, I thought that I was going to hate it only because it required more homework than I ever thought possible, but I ended up loving that class I always look forward to going. That tells you one more thing about me if I like something you will know automatically that I will be determined to work at it.

The definition of family to me would have to be the following; a group of people who work as one, love one another, never judge each other, know how to have fun, and are always there for one another no matter what differences may make them. I always thought that having a single mom would be nice, because then there would be no excuse to why we wouldn't be able to spend some mother daughter time; but I realized recently that in this economy a single parent has to work extra hard just to provide a roof over their own head, let alone mine. There isn't really time to sit down and talk or do something as a family because work would be a constant thing. I really reflected on being the only child and had that opportunity to be one. I come from a much enlarged family with a lot of siblings, meaning that attention from my mom and dad was a constant battle, so for once I wouldn't have to fight for attention. After a while, I began to miss having siblings because I had no younger siblings that I read to every night like I use to have. I missed the arguments that we had over sharing a bathroom. Most of all, I miss the times that me and my sister could talk about anything, and it made it better because she understood more than anyone because she was also living that life right along with me. I become conscious of the fact that everything that I thought that I had wanted was wrong.

I want a family with a mom and a dad; I would love to have younger siblings because I miss the way that my youngest sister could come to me for anything. Animals are a giveaway -- if I could, I would have my own farm with all the animals that are in the Humane Society and the Pound. I want and need the mom and dad to love me for who I am as a young woman and as their daughter. I don't want them to judge me, I want them to know how to have fun and most important I want them to be a family who does things together.

I have had a lot of things that have shaped me into who I am as a young woman. I am strong, loving, forgiving, a little kid at heart, dependable, funny, random, creative, and have a heart that always has room for more people. I may forget things, hurt your feelings on accident, and make you want to scream, but in the end, I will not only be your daughter -- I'll also be a friend that will never leave you when you need me the most.

Portrait by Photography by Rashelle

To find out more about Brittany, adoption or becoming a foster parent, email the Idaho CareLine or call 1-800-926-2588. You may be asked to provide this reference number: 30406.

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