We continue our partnership with the Arkansas Department of Human Services, profiling some of the hundreds of kids up for adoption. And this week, we introduce you to 11-year old James, 9-year old Melissa, and 7-year old Maria.
We met the children during opening weekend at the newly-renovated Museum of Discovery.
It was the time of their young lives. After all, they have suffered indescribable pain.
"My dad's in jail," describes 9-year old Melissa. "Our mom didn't have a house, and she wasn't able to feed us."
Melissa is a 4th grader who loves to paint, color and do puzzles. But instead, she worries more about finding a family who will care for her and her siblings. She recalls the last time she saw her mother, when parental rights were terminated.
"We already had our last visit, and they will not let us have phone calls," she says.