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A cellphone for Karina who wants to feel like a normal teen

Posted Sep 21, 2023
Karina is turning 18 soon and she's super excited about it. She's been working hard on learning some important life skills lately and is really looking forward to being able to start earning her own money soon. But there's one thing that's been holding her back a bit: she doesn't have her own cellphone yet. It's not just about being able to chat with her friends and classmates on social media. Karina gets a bit embarrassed when she has to give out her resource parents' phone number to potential employers. And it's definitely not as convenient for her caregivers and workers to get in touch with her if she's out and about. Karina's really hoping that she can get a phone soon so that she can feel like a regular teenager (and almost an adult!). It would be such a great boost to her independence and confidence. Plus, it's always good to have a safety net in case of emergencies. Getting this phone will make Karina's birthday extra special!

Belsy Karina is 18 years old and lives in NJ

Belsy Karina, who goes by Karina, is a resilient young adult who has gone through so much in her short lifetime. Karina lost her mother when she was ten years old. She immigrated from Guatemala with her younger brother and their maternal grandfather. Her challenges continued when she was diagnosed with end-stage kidney failure. It was difficult to get treatment due to her immigration status, and she ended up in state custody so she could get the help she needed. After some time, she was excited to be reunited with her brother and grandfather. Karina faced many battles still: dialysis, a special diet, medications, as well as specialist appointments and procedures. Unfortunately, Karina and her brother had to be removed from her grandfather’s care for their safety. She and her brother found themselves in another relative’s home for a short while until they were moved again. Karina has been placed in several homes since, due to the amount of medical care she requires. This was a huge struggle for her, as she feels protective of her brother, and they have now been placed separately. In February of 2023, Karina received her kidney transplant and healed in just a matter of weeks. Since then, Karina’s biological father passed away, causing her distress and concern that she has no one but her brother left. Karina has been working on her behaviors and coping with her stress through the help of a therapist. She continues to have optimism for life and her future. All in all, Karina was faced with many barriers and obstacles in her young life and continues to triumph against all odds.

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NJ Department of Children and Families requests this wish for Belsy Karina.

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Kim grants the wish for Belsy Karina! Thanks Kim.

"I hope this gift helps you! And, I hope you have a great 18th birthday. Kim"

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Belsy Karina receives the wish from NJ Department of Children and Families

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