My name is Ioana and I am 15 years old. I grew up in a children’s shelter with my brother and sister. My father left us when we were little, so I don’t know anything about him. My mother couldn’t take care of us properly and our living conditions were poor. So, when I was 6 years old, my siblings and I were taken to a children’s shelter. I remember being terrified. I tried to take care of my younger siblings, but I was scared. I didn’t know what would happen to us. Later, our mother was deprived of parental rights and we lost all contact with her. We were moved around and lived in several different children’s shelters. Then, three years ago, I was placed in a foster family and my siblings were placed in another foster family. The families live in the same neighborhood, so my siblings and I try to care for each other and stay connected. Presently I am in the 8th grade. After graduation, I would like to continue my studies at the Military Academy. My hobbies include dancing and music. My friends would describe me as a sociable and optimistic person. We enjoy playing volleyball together after class. I consider myself to be an ambitious person and I hope to overcome the challenges in my life. My main goal is to build a successful career, and to one day have a beautiful family.