When Rose, 16, she gets excited, she is excited with full-on giggle-shrieks and long, rambling explanations of just what is so awesome, which is usually 1) some manga or fantasy book, 2) raptors, 3) fuzzy animals of any kind, 4) fuzzy blankets of any kind, 5) hot chocolate and 6) video games.

Whatever Rose loves, she loves wholeheartedly. If it's a book, only that book exists until she's finished reading it, and she will read all the sequels, watch any movies on it and check the library for any comic book adaptations. If it's a raptor (snowy owls specifically), she will have an endless list of facts for you. If it's an animal, you do not even exist until she's done snuggling. When this kid is in, she's all in.

Rose would really like to be able to try some new things. She doesn't have a lot of opportunities for extracurricular activities, field trips or special events at the moment. She does great in school, finishes her work early and then waits out the day. She'll tell you straight out: She's bored. She is absolutely ready to spread her wings and find some new things to squeal excitedly about.

Swimming is Rose's favorite activity, but she also dabbles in the mud, like to pet and groom large animals, enjoys the playground, pitches and catches balls and Frisbee. Indoors, Rose wants to be busy. Games, books (so many books), singing and arts and crafts are Rose's primary home and school activities.

Rose's first priority for a family is that they have a cat. She'd like a mom, though she'd be willing to consider a dad-dad family. She doesn't have any preferences regarding race, but would like at least one parent to "look like me," she said. She has a general preference for a Christian family, but they don't need to be "too religious," like going to church or praying "all the time," she said. She'd be okay with siblings, and especially likes babies. Rose really missed out on being a kid and would need a family who can give her plenty of opportunities to play and explore. She also missed out on the hugging and snuggling younger kids get, and she'd be ecstatic to have a family of huggers.

The placement agency is looking for a Minnesota family or a family in western Wisconsin for Rose.

The News Tribune features a child looking for a forever home every month in the Sunday Pursuits section. If you would like more information on adopting or fostering a Minnesota waiting child, please e-mail info@mnadopt.org, call (612) 861-7115 or visit www.mnadopt.org.