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Arnold


For Arianna, life was overwhelming. Her mother was involved with drugs and often absent. Though 6 months pregnant herself, Arianna was forced to do all the cooking, cleaning and caring the best she could for her four younger siblings. Though her mother claimed to be at work when she was absent, Arianna discovered she had actually quit her job and was out doing drugs instead. “We didn’t have food in the house, and I didn’t know what I was going to do,” Arianna said. “I felt hopeless. I felt lost. I didn’t want to live anymore. I didn’t feel like I had a purpose. It was kind of like, ‘God, when is this going to be over?’ I remember calling CPS, and it was the hardest thing I’d had to do. When CPS showed up at my door, I said, ‘Thank God.’”


“I remember calling CPS, and it was the hardest thing I’d had to do. When CPS showed up at my door, I said, ‘Thank God.’” –Arianna Roque


Arianna admitted being “so mad at God because I’d pray every night for [her mom]. I prayed over my siblings. I prayed over them daily for God to just come in and do his work, and it was like, ‘Are you going to come? Are you going to come and do this, God?’” Her prayer was for her mother’s freedom from addiction, but in reality he answered her prayer with the courage to leave. “He did and he did it not in the way I thought he was – with my mom being sober,” Arianna said. “God knew how desperate I was, even when I thought he didn’t, he knew.”


God also knew she would eventually be placed as a foster child in the home of foster parents Crystal and Arnold Ochoa. The Ochoas, a young couple with four biological children, foster four additional children and act as foster grandparents to Arianna’s son, Tristen.


Startling similarities


A couple of years before Arianna reached out for help, another teen girl had done the same. In a story with startling similarities, Vzysha Bell,


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Crystal


Avery


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