POCONO MANOR, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — When she’s not hitting the water in the summer, 11-year-old Ashley is a self-described “girly girl” who loves a trip to the mall with friends.
“I like to go shopping and buy new shoes,” says Ashley.
Sometimes her case worker Amanda Deisroth comes along.
“Who doesn’t want to go out and buy shoes?” says Deisroth, a permanency case worker for Catholic Social Services Diocese of Scranton. “She loves pink. We take a lot of selfies together.”
Together they’re taking the plunge and having some fun at Kalahari Resorts in the Poconos. They’re relaxing in the wave pool while sharing some laughs. And that smile will be infectious to a forever family.
“Ashley is wonderful,” says Deisroth. “She has overcome so much in her life. She’s a hard worker. She’s sweet. She’s got a little bit of that sassiness that comes with being a pre-teen.”
Ashley handmade a poster showing a future family everything there is to know about her. You can tell countless hours of work went into making it perfect.
Ashley pictures spending a day with a forever family at the movies or riding some rollercoasters.
She says when she meets that family, she’ll know what to say.
“Thank you for finding me a new home,” says Ashley.
Ashley wants to work with animals when she grows up and support from that family will help her get there.
“She needs a family that will love her, accept her for who she is, and help her grow into such a fantastic adult,” says Deisroth.
For more information on Ashley and the ‘Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network,’ including post-permanency services, call 1-800-585-7926.