03/27/2011 11:53 pm ET Updated May 27, 2011

Meeting Serenity

Today, in our series of films profiling foster children who are available for adoption, I'm going to introduce you to a 13-year-old girl named Serenity. All I can say is that she is absolutely lovely. Beautiful, with a quiet strength, she is aptly named. Serenity's goal is to go to Harvard. She's smart and articulate and I'm not going to say anymore because she truly speaks for herself in this 1:15 minute film.

It can be a huge help to parents considering the adoption of an older child, when college is just a few years away, to know that there are post-adoption resources and specific financial assistance opportunities available to them. As Serenity has set her sights on college, I thought this would be a great moment to tell you about one scholarship program focused on older youth who are adopted from foster care.

The Children's Action Network and the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption have partnered to create a national scholarship program, sponsored by Capital One, called Fostering a Future. The fund was designed to provide children who were adopted from foster care at or after the age of 13, with the opportunity to pursue their educational goals. Applicants must be graduating high school seniors; maintain a qualifying GPA; and demonstrate financial need. This years applications are due April 20, 2011.

If you want to learn more about other scholarships that are available you can check out

Today, please meet Serenity.

You can learn more about the children and find more information about foster care at or by calling 1-800-525-6789.