PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Two years ago, KOIN 6 News’s Jeff Gianola met 12-year-old Marissa who desperately wanted to find an adoptive home.
At the time, the young girl said she just wanted a place where she’d feel loved.
That wish came true.
Gianola met back up with Marissa this month at Barnes and Noble as part of his weekly Wednesday’s Child special — and he also met her new family.
Marissa’s adoptive older sister Mary saw the original story aired by KOIN 6 News in 2016 and urged her parents, Dawn and Mark, to consider adopting the young girl.
“I was just surprised by Marissa because she was 12 at the time but she seemed like she was so much older,” Mary said. “She really presented herself so well. She just felt like she was part of the family just from seeing the video.”
Dawn and Mark took the suggestion seriously and the rest is history.
Marissa’s new older brother, Nick, said she fit in from the moment she became a part of the family.
“The first thing she said to me was that she was the new favorite,” Nick said.
Marissa, surrounded by her new family and friends, has finally found a place where she’s loved.
She told Gianola, “I’d still be in foster care, so thank you.”