CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) - A bright-eyed, spunky seven-year-old girl named Mikeala is hoping to be part of a forever family through adoption.
Mikeala has spent the past couple of years in a loving foster home with Chelsea Alfred's family, but it has always been a temporary placement.
Now, Mikeala is legally freed for adoption through the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services and this young girl is ready to make that move, even though she knows she will miss her foster family.
"I'll be sad if I leave my mom," she said.
That is a shared sentiment for Alfred, who has watched Mikeala blossom before her eyes.
"I'll miss her presence," said Alfred. "She's always willing to help and she's always asking me, 'Nanny you want me to do this, you want me to do that?' So I will miss her presence being around."
For Mikeala's time to shine in front of the camera, we met her at the Iowa public library, where she could not wait to flip through the pages of several books. Fitting for someone whose favorite subject is: