The power of positivity: McIyne searches for a forever home

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Mclyne is a soft-spoken and kind 15-year-old who says she’s really never had a loving family.

She desperately wants guidance from a mother and father, saying she’ll easily fit in with any loving family that gives her a forever home.

“I was with my actual family for a couple years and I’ve lived with a couple different foster families,” she says.

McIyne has been searching for adoptive parents for more than four years since her mother died. She simply is just looking for someone to talk to.

“Not having a family or not being loved,” she says.  “It feels like you don’t have anybody there for you.”

McIyne says she’s felt like she’s had to grow up too quickly and is desperate for someone to lean on.

“Learn how to be a kid again and just do everything with them that I never really did with my other parents,” she says. “I’ve never had a good, like set, family.”

Mclyne would love to have siblings, especially older brothers and sisters.

“I would follow them around and annoy them like a little sister should,” she says.

An avid writer, Mclyne says these years as a foster child have been discouraging.

“At some point when you’ve been through so much, you’re kind of like, 'Oh, I shouldn’t have this positive attitude towards things,'” she says.

But she knows a loving adoptive family will find her someday.

“If I keep thinking negative, then nothing good can come out of that,” she says.

Mclyne loves to joke and laugh, would love to travel, and wants to pay it forward to those who find themselves in the same tough situation. She wants to become a counselor.

If you’re interested in adopting Mclyne -- or any other youth from the Michigan Foster System — call Orchards Children’s Services at 1-855-694-7301.

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