OK (KSWO)- An Oklahoma teenager is looking to find a forever family this holiday season. Audrina, 17, is a big fan of science and hopes to one day become a marine biologist. She's been in and out of foster homes since she was 7-years-old. Lacey Lett has her story in "A Child Who Hopes".
Audrina is under the microscope this day drawing her favorite animal, the whale. This sharp teenager knows a lot about these massive mammals too.
"Sperm whales get up to 65 and a half feet long."
"Do you think one day you'll go whale watching?"
"Mhm, go swimming with one but I would be kind of scared to go swimming with a sperm whale because they are so big."
Audrina fed the exotic fish and Science Museum Oklahoma. It was a real treat for this inquisitive girl. When Audrina isn't researching whales, she's thinking about what kind of animal she'd love to have one day.
"I want to ask Santa for a Sphynx cat but they won't allow live animals at the place I'm at." So, Audrina plans on putting Pokémon cards on her wish-list.
The 17-year-old girl lives in a group home with more than a dozen other girls living in similar situations. Sadly, she's been in and out of numerous homes for the last 10 years while in state care.
"A lot… I can't even keep count."
It's the main reason she wants to find an adoptive family.
"Why is it important for you to find a family?"
"So, I won't have to go from place to place."
A difficult past is forcing her to live a life of instability.
"Because my mom had not been taking care of me properly."
She was around 7 then. Now a young woman still hoping for a family to support her as she transitions into adulthood.
What's her first stop with an adoptive family?
"Go out to eat with them. Celebrate my adoption."
It's just a dream now but, hopefully, one day it will become a reality and this teen will find a place to call home.
If you'd like to meet Audrina, you can call the Oklahoma Department of Human Services at 580-471-7942.