LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- A dream is a wish your heart makes, and this story is proof.
The story of Cinderella is well known; a young, mistreated woman escapes a terrible situation and lives happily ever after. In this version of THV11’s A Place to Call Home, meeting Cinderella is a dream come true for a little girl hoping to move past her life in foster care. Through our partnership with the Arkansas Department of Human Services, we met Lilly.
The scene is set. An 8 year old girl walks to the front door of a real-life castle.
"Welcome to the castle," said the man at the door. Lilly has never been anywhere like this , and she is about meet the princess of her dreams, Cinderella.
"Hello, I've been expecting you. Can I have a hug?" Cinderella asks, upon meeting Lilly.
Lilly had no idea the afternoon was planned in her honor. Whisked away from her therapeutic foster home, all the way to a far-a-away castle for a private meeting with royalty.
"You know what really makes a person beautiful?” Cinderella asks Lilly. “Their heart, and I can tell you have a beautiful heart."
She is princess who perhaps understands exactly Lilly’s plight.
"She was just really excited; she thinks about princesses all the time," says Kimberly Hobbs, Lilly's DHS Adoption Specialist. "She wants to be adopted, she asks me about that quite often. Lilly, I believe, could shine with a family that is loving, has lots of patience, has boundaries and rules.
“Ready, twirl! Beautiful, let's twirl together," Cinderella says. While Lilly learns the secrets of a princess, Hobbs shares that she is a bright loving little girl who loves school and church, even sings in the choir.
“I want live with Cinderella!" Lilly exclaims.
After a tour of the grounds and pool, Lilly finds the biggest surprise of all.
"Lilly, look at that horse,” Cinderella says. “This really is a princess carriage." A special horse and buggy ride for just the two of them. Two princesses who came from unfortunate circumstances, which for one suddenly changed to remarkable fortune. Lilly hopes for the same. Until then, proof that sometimes on a warm September afternoon, dreams really do come true.
"Just a little girl that needs a home, a loving happy home," said Hobbs.
If you'd like more information about Lilly or any of the children up for adoption in state foster care, log on to the Department of Human Services' adoption website.
There are no costs associated with adopting a child in state foster care.