A woman in California, seeking the compassion of a mother and father, posted an online ad offering to pay for a family to spend time with her during the holiday season.
In her emotional note on Craigslist, Jackie Turner wrote, “I am looking to rent a mom and dad who can give me attention and make me feel like the light of their life just for a couple of days because I really need it.”
The 26-year-old Turner, who attends William Jessup University and is estranged from her biological parents, offered possible candidates willing to play the roles of her parents $8 an hour for their services, according to Mail Online.
Turner is a presidential scholar at William Jessup with a scholarship and a 4.0 grade point average, but her life hasn’t been so easy.
News10/KXTV reports that Turner has been physically, sexually and emotionally abused since she was a child and she spent years living on the streets. She admitted to taking part in gang life and doing drugs and was eventually arrested for grand theft and spent a year in jail before attending a camp for troubled young adults.
Although she’s been able to turn her life around, she still seeks the compassion of a mother and father.
"Just to sit, just to listen," Turner said. "Just to cry with me, no strings beyond that. I've never felt the touch of my mom hugging me and holding me. I don't know what it's like to look in my dad's eyes and feel love instead of hatred."
Turner’s ad drew an incredible response and many families offered to take her in for free. Now, instead of renting a family for the holidays, she’s trying to organize a gathering of those who responded to her ad.
Turner’s ability to be so public about her circumstances has helped others come forward too. She’s received many emails from people who also had suffered abuse.