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06/18/03 - Tyler

Tameka Prays For The Gift Of Love

Tameka enjoys music, and sings several of her favorite songs. "Jesus loves the little children all the children of the world," her sweet voice sings. Tameka is outspoken and, like most four year olds, has lots of energy. This little girl has a sparkling personality and a big heart. "Tameka is very loving, very affectionate and likes hugs and kisses. She has so much to give a family," says Ethel her Foster Mom.

Tameka likes swimming, riding her bike, watching movies and playing with Barbie dolls. She's pretty easy to please. "I like to have fun and talk," says Tameka. She interacts well with other children and has no trouble making friends. She's a healthy girl, takes no medication and has no major behavior problems. She's pretty laid back, actually very laid back. Ethel explains, "She just started taking tumbling and gymnastics and she's just a natural at that. She just loves it!"

Tameka was removed from her home a couple of years ago. The whole ordeal can be overwhelming for a young child. Ethel says, "Since she's been to several foster homes, I think she gets a lot of it confused." Ethel has had several children in her foster home over the years, but says Tameka is special. "I think the Lord said, 'Here, you need a break.' He sent us this one and she's just been adorable. It's going to be really tough to say good bye to her."

Because of her past, Tameka needs some help with self esteem. She also needs help with developmental skills. She just learned her colors and is not yet familiar with numbers. She needs a family willing to spend extra time meeting her educational needs, someone to encourage her as she enters Pre-K later this year. "I'm going to be going to a zoo to see lots of animals," says Tameka. Ethel adds, "There are so many children out there that people don't even realize that need someone to love them. That's all it takes is a whole lot of love and Tameka is very easy to give that too."

And while it will be hard for this foster mom to see Tameka leave her home, she prays it will happen. "That's our job that God has given us to prepare these children to move on and to get a good family and then you know you've done the right thing." And finding the Gift of Love would be music to this little girls ears as she sings, "I've got peace like a river. I've got peace like a river. I've got peace like a river in my sole."

If you'd like to know more about Tameka, or about how 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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