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12/09/02 - Tyler

Gift of Love: Kaitlynne

   Kaitlynne cautiously approaches the big green chair where Santa is sitting. She slowly crawls up in his lap with her list tightly in her hand. This seven year old softly reads her list out loud. Santa gets asked for just about everything, but this year, he's getting a request he doesn't hear often. With a voice as sweet as an Angel, Kaitlynne says, "I want a new family with a nice mom, and a nice father, and a brother, and a sister and me, on a farm." Kaitlynne grew up in a chaotic lifestyle and didn't receive the affection and attention she needed at a young age. She was removed from her home and now waits patiently for a forever family. "A family is important to me because I would love them and they'll take care of me," says Kaitlynne. "Most of the time for our kids, this is a hard time of year, because what do you see on TV? All the family programs, people around the table opening gifts. We just have to take one day at a time, basically," says Charlotte Sanders with Child Protective Services. Like most young girls, Kaitlynne loves Christmas shopping and pointing out her favorite things. "This one has a camera and I've been waiting to get something with a camera," says Kaitlynne holding a backpack with a camera inside. This charming little girl usually has a smile on her face. She's very sociable and makes friends easily. She's already looking ahead to her future. "I want to be a cheerleader, and when I stop being a cheerleader I want to be a ballerina," says this little girl with a big smile. Kaitlynne loves dancing and is already enrolled in dance class. This 2nd grader excels in school, making straight A's. "School is fun because we get to learn and stuff. We do math, and games and we do cursive writing. It's like handwriting, but we do it in cursive," explains Kaitlynne. "She's doing great and we feel optimistic that she's ready for her family," says Sanders. Just a few years ago, Kaitlynne was unsure if she was ready. Past abuse made her leery of wanting to attach to a new family, but now that has all changed. Kaitlynne says, "It's real important to me because I like to live in an adopted home." A few weeks ago, she said down with Charlotte Sanders, "She said, let me draw you a picture. So she got the paper out and the colors and she began to draw this picture. She was able to show me what she wanted. She wants a mom, dad and she wants other kids in the home, maybe a brother or sister. The main thing is she wants to be out where she can run freely and play. Also, a barn is very important to her." Kaitlynne would do best as the youngest or only child in a family. She is a healthy little girl with no special medical needs. She will need a nurturing, structured home with consistency. But most of all, Kaitylnne longs for the day when she has a family to share the holidays. "They'll always love me and I'll always love them," Kaitlynne says with a sparkle in her eye. And if Santa is only able to bring her one present this year, she's hoping it will be the Gift of Love. "Thank you sweet heart. I love you," says Santa as Kaitlynne climbs down from his lab. As she walks away she replies, "I love you too."

If you'd like to know more about Kaitlynne, or about to become a Foster or Adoptive Parent, call our Gift of Love hotline. The toll free number is 1-888-kids-275.

   Gillian Sheridan, reporting.

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