Alissa is a smart and talented young lady. She comes off as shy and quiet, but when you get to know her, you realize she is a strong and capable young lady who is outgoing and VERY funny! Alissa likes to dance, sing and run track. Despite all of these talents and great personality traits, she struggles with her self-esteem. Unfortunately Alissa has been separated from, and missing her family for over a year. Due to circumstances beyond her control, she has lived in five different places, including some time spent living in a shelter while an appropriate foster home was identified; she has moved several times in the last 9 months alone. She loves to do her hair, and this can either be a source of pride for her, or contribute to her feelings of sadness.