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Jacksonville's Children: Brittany

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Reported by: Dawn Lopez
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Updated: 5/03/2013 7:11 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- If you think back to your childhood, one of the greatest benefits is being protected. As a parent we'll do everything in our power to keep our children safe. Our Jacksonville's Child, Brittany, didn't have that luxury. She had to learn to protect herself, even if it meant leaving her family for foster care.

"Growing up wasn't candyland for me, lots of drugs and abuse involved," she says.

Brittany is now 16. She admits she was forced to grow up much quicker than the children around her. Her mother was free-falling in a world that frightened her little girl. A family friend called DCF and she's been in foster care ever since. Brittany is grateful but she's also ready to embrace the rest of her childhood. She's hoping for a loving adoptive family to welcome her into their home.

"I want a family, I don't want somebody who's going to judge my past, because your past doesn't define you. I want somebody I can go to after college, during the holidays, eat thanksgiving dinner with and sit around the Christmas tree. I want somebody who's going to love me for me."
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