Teen adopted after 4,057 days in foster care

Scarlet couldn’t sleep. At 11 p.m., the 17-year-old vacuumed her bedroom. She carefully picked out her clothes for the next day — a long-sleeved white shirt, black-and-white dress, tights and shiny black boots.

Her wish was finally being granted. After 4,057 days in foster care, Scarlet was going to be adopted.

“This is the opportunity that I have been waiting for so long,” she said “And now it’s just, it’s finally here.”

The Indiana teen had been in and out of the foster care system since she was a toddler. Her removal from her biological parents’ care became permanent in 2008, when she was 6 years old. Since then, Scarlet has lived in 36 different placements.

The teen …

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