LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- This week, we introduce you to Heather, a little girl who's suffered a lifetime of heartbreak and wants nothing more than a place to call home.
We met 9-year old Heather at the Arkansas State Fair. It was her first visit to the fairgrounds.
The third-grader has been in state foster care since age 2. Her case worker Danielle Tyndell says she is in desperate need of stability.
"She's been moved several times, been in several different foster homes," says Tyndell. "She was taken at a very young age and separated from her sister."
Tyndell says as a result, Heather is dealing with very mild mental health issues.
"Kids like Heather typically don't attach very well," says Tyndell. "They don't really trust adults to provide structure and to provide love and care, and that's a lot of the issues. If you don't trust an adult why would you listen to an adult, why would you do what they say when you don't trust them to do things they need to do to take care of you?"
Still, Heather is very talkative and energetic. Her case workers say she loves animals, playing games and outdoor activities.
Heather needs a family with structure and patience. For her, it's tough to understand and not easy to discuss.
"I want a family that has dogs and will let me take my puppy with me," says Heather. "And I want my sister back in the same house with me."
"It's not her fault. It's none of these kids' fault," says Tyndell. "It's really hard because it's not their fault. They're just little victims and they pay great prices for other people's mistakes."
Special thanks to the Arkansas State Fair for welcoming Heather and treating her to rides and treats.
Click on theArkansas Department of Human Services website if you'd like more information on Heather or any of the children in state foster care.
There are no costs associated with adopting a child in Arkansas.