A 26-year-old US college student has come up with a strange request.
Miss Jackie Turner, put up an advertisement on Craigslist, a classified advertisement website, looking to rent a loving family for the holidays.
The California native wrote in her touching notice: "I am looking to rent a mum and dad who can give me attention and make me feel like the light of their lives just for a couple of days because I really need it."
Miss Turner, who is estranged from her biological parents, offered prospective candidates US$8 (S$10) an hour for their services, the Mail Online reported.
"I've never felt the touch of my mum hugging me and holding me," she told a local television station News10.
"I don't know what it's like to look in my dad's eyes and feel love instead of hatred."
The presidential scholar from William Jessup University, with a grade point average of 4.0, had a tough upbringing. She was physically, sexually and emotionally abused since she was a little girl.
To escape the violence at home, she spent years living on the streets.