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Teen rents a family for her birthday

A teenager in the US put up an advertisement on Craigslist last week seeking a family to celebrate her birthday with her.

Miss Natalie Carson, 19, wrote: "I just want one day that I can feel important and special, and like I matter even if I really don't.

"I have never had a good birthday so I figured why not this birthday."

Miss Carson was put in foster care when she was a baby.

She was adopted by a family, but was later put back in foster care at the age of 12 after suffering abuse, she said. She passed out of the system at the age of 18.

The college student decided to rent a family to spend her birthday with her this year.

She wrote: "I aged out of foster care and since I was never adopted, I don't have a family to spend holidays or my birthdays with."

She added: "I am NOT looking for any monetary support as I also work. I can pay $8 an hour."

Her Craigslist ad went viral and she received an overwhelming number of replies, reported WSB-TV.

Miss Carson has since found a family for that special day in June and has taken down the ad.

7News Denver reported her as saying: "I don't have this big elaborate plan or anything, I just wanted it to be good."

Happy birthday!

Sources: 7News Denver, WSB-TV

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