Ann Marie's All Stars: Meet Nakayla!

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (WXYZ) - She’s a 15-year-old girl who has experienced an extraordinary amount of tragedy in her short life.

We had an incredible response from families who called last week in hopes of making Draven part of their family.

This week, we’re introducing you to a lovely young lady who is definitely deserving of a loving family.

You’d never know it by the smile on her face but Nakayla has been through more than any child ever should.

“It’s kind of hard because my mom died when I was 12, my dad passed away when I was a baby and then I lost my granny and grandparents,” she said.

We visited Sea Life Aquarium at Great Lakes Crossing in Auburn Hills where she loved learning about the fish and feeding the sea turtles.  Her easy going and joyful spirit masks the sadness of the only thing she wants in this world, a family.

“It’s been a while since I’ve had one, but what a family really means to me is love and loyalty,” she said.

All that alone time has given her time to do the simple things she enjoys.

“I like to write, read my bible,” she said.

That’s where Nakayla says she’s found her hope and the only reason she’s able to keep this smile on her face.

“God is just, He is just so good and I’m so glad that I’m easing up to Him step by step,” Nakayla said.

She would love a family who could take her to church and she also loves being active and outside along with playing basketball and volleyball. 

“Being in placement is kind of hard and locked up for a year without any family support, it’s hard also- so I’m not going to stop fighting for a family until I actually get a family,” she said.

Nakayla’s birthday is December 26th and her dream is to have a family in time to spend Christmas together which is exactly what she deserves.

“It would mean everything to me, everything,” she said.

If you would like to meet Nakayla you can call Orchards Children's Services at (855) 694-7301.

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