Lashae is a happy, spirited little girl. Talking about her afternoon at the Discovery Science Place in Tyler she says, "It was fun. I really like it, and it's cool. I like to play." She also likes gymnastics, swimming, church activities and barbie dolls. In many respects, she's a typical nine year old. "I like to make funny faces," she says grinning from ear to ear. It's hard to believe looking at her today, but this little girl hasn't always had a smile on her face. "Lashae was raised in a chaotic environment. Her parents moved very frequently. Being in Foster Care is the first time she's lived anywhere more than a year," explains Cheyanne Fuller, a case worker with Child Protective Services.
Staying in one place, having consistency and love would help Lashae feel safe, building on her future. However, the whole process is confusing for such a young girl. "I haven't figured it all out yet, but I figured out some of it. I know I want one Mom, but no Dad." Fuller says, "She has trust issues with most adults, definitely with men." Because of an abusive past, Lashae has a tendency to test her boundaries. She will need to continue therapy helping her to trust. A home with other children may also help. "She's so scared. I think other kids would make her feel a little bit more comfortable," says Fuller.
Lashae needs a family committed to helping her academically, giving her extra attention with school work. "I got a nice teacher. I do well in school, sometimes," says Lashae sincerely. Lashae is hoping to do well all the time. She just needs someone to guide her and be there for her. As she looks in the mirror, it's the reflection of a little girl just waiting to shine. All she needs, is the Gift of Love. Lashae makes a plea for a better life, "I'd like a forever family because it's special. I want to be loved."
If you'd like to know more on Lashae, or about adoption or fostering, call our Gift of Love hotline. The toll free number is 1-888-kids-275.