But Ana*, who was just 14 years old when she came to the city in 2017 with her sisters Jasmin* and Olivia*, doesn’t know what happened to the rest of her family.
An asylum-seeker who fled Angola to Liverpool three years ago and doesn’t speak a word of English now has a loving foster family and has achieved top grades in her GCSEs.
Ana now has a loving foster family and has just achieved amazing GCSEs.
Linda told the Echo: “This is the best game and the best placement I have ever had.
*Some names have been changed to protect identities*
In just three years, Linda, who cares for the three siblings aged 16, 18 and 20, said they have made amazing progress and all have great ambitions for their future.
She said, “I was absolutely blessed that the four of us could still communicate with each other.
“That sounds brutal. Three unaccompanied teenagers who spoke absolutely no English, who had to leave their country of origin and the terrible journey (they had) to actually come here, but it fit perfectly”.
When the girls first arrived in Liverpool, Linda, who speaks Spanish as a second language, said that because of the similarities between Spanish and her language Portuguese, she could calm them down and communicate with them.
“We all love languages. We are all academic and talkative, and we are all a bit dramatic”.
“I was able to speak to them in a language they could understand and in which they could communicate without the need for a translator.
In her case, she believes that this gave them more ambition to realize their dreams because they didn’t want it to be “the one defining thing” in their lives.
Linda said that when you have turned your “life and everything you know upside down”, as the girls did, things can “go in one of two directions”.
She said: “It is very unlikely that her immediate family survived.
Linda said it was really important that the girls could stay together in a foster family because it gave them a sense of familiarity and made them feel comfortable.
“The girls always have a question mark hanging over them: ‘Did they do it or not’.
Linda said: “They all came with a clear plan of ‘this is what I want to be’.
“One of the things that unsettled them was that their dream would never come true because their lives were disrupted by fleeing their country of origin.
As a foster parent, she said it was her job to give them many “hugs and reassurances”, along with lots of practical information about how they could educate themselves and work.