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Girl, 16, seeks home: ‘No fighting, no arguing, just being happy’

The Heart Gallery, which exists online as an interactive exhibit, was birthed in 2009 out of a collaboration between The Children’s Trust and Our Kids of Miami-Dade/Monroe. It aims to “find forever families” for foster children who cannot safely be returned to the custody of their biological parents.

This is 16-year-old Juliet’s story, in her own words:

Q: How’s your day been?

Juliet: Good!

Q: What’s your favorite thing about school?

Juliet: We like to play, talk when we go outside. We play tag or soccer.

Q: What’s your favorite subject?

Juliet: Reading.

Q: Why reading?

Juliet: Because it’s fun to read.

Q: Like what?

Juliet: Harry Potter. The Simpsons.

Q: There’s a Simpsons book?

Juliet: Yes, its a novel!

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Juliet, 16, would someday like to be a veterinarian 'because I love animals.' CHRISTOPHER BUCHANAN

Q: What do you like to do after school?

Juliet: Hang out with my friends, Go to places like the mall and buy stuff.

Q: Like?

Juliet: Jewelry, shoes, bracelets.

Q: So you’re a shopper? What else should I know about you? Do you like animals?

Juliet: Yes.

Q: What kind of animals?

Juliet: All kinds of dogs

Q: Do you have a dog?

Juliet: No, I have a cat.

Q: What’s her name?

Juliet: Mamita.

Q: If you could have any dog you like, what would you like?

Juliet: Rottweiler.

Q: Why?

Juliet: Because they’re big and strong and they can protect me and my family.

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?

Juliet: A veterinarian because I love animals.

Q: Don’t you think it’d be a hard job, all those different animals?

Juliet: Yes, I have to study really hard, but I love animals so it would be worth it.

Q: If I can ask your friends to tell you three things about you, what would they say?

Juliet: I’m beautiful, smart, funny.

Q: What’s your favorite TV show?

Juliet: “Pretty Little Liars.”

Q: Why “Pretty Little Liars”?

Juliet: Because I like the action and drama.

Q: What about movies?

Juliet: I’ve seen “Enchanted” — it’s a princess movie.

Q: Are you into princess movies?

Juliet: I’m into it.

Q: Who’s your favorite princess?

Juliet: Cinderella.

Q: Do you like to eat, what’s your favorite food?

Juliet: Salad

Q: Why salad?

Juliet: I like the chicken, lettuce, vinegar and salt.

Q: What about sweets?

Juliet: Cookies

Q: Chocolate chips? With nuts or without?

Juliet: Without.

Q: If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

Juliet: Fly

Q: Why?

Juliet: I would fly around and save people.

Q: That’s pretty sweet! So what’s the perfect family for you?

Juliet: No fighting, no arguing, just being happy.

Q: That’s a pretty good thing. If I had a magic lamp and I can give you three wishes?

Juliet: I would want to be rich. I want a Ferrari and I want to be a superhero.

Q: What about sports?

Juliet: I like football, soccer, basketball.

Q: Which do you like to watch and which do you like to play?

Juliet: I like to watch and I like to play all of them, but my favorite is basketball because it’s fun to throw the ball.

Q: 2 points, 3 points…

Juliet: Yes!

Q: Did you have fun today?

Juliet: Yea!

Each month, the Miami Herald will feature a Q&A with a Miami Heart Gallery child hoping to be adopted and find their forever home.

Contact

Families interested in temporarily fostering or permanently adopting a child can contact Our Kids of Miami-Dade/Monroe at 305-455-6000 or visit their website at fosteringourkids.org.

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