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8/13/03, Tyler

An Exceptional Child Looking For A Forever Family

Nichole is a beautiful, healthy little girl. This four year old is very bright with an above average IQ. "She knows how to write her name. She knows her colors. She knows her numbers. She knows her alphabet, which is really good for a child that's never been to school," explains David Godwin, a caseworker with Child Protective Services.

Nichole will be enrolled in Pre-K at the beginning of this school year. Although she is very intelligent, she needs guidance to keep her on track. Nichole was removed from her home two and a half years ago leaving her confused and angry. She was neglected by her parents who devoted most of their time to a drug addiction, say caseworkers. "They were involved in prescription medication and they both ended up being arrested for that and going to jail. Because of the pain medication they were on all the time, they were not supervising the child very well," saysGodwin.

In her young life, this little girl has moved from foster home to foster home. "So there's been a lot of people she's called mommy and daddy so it's kind of hard for her to trust people all the time," Godwin says.

While Nichole is a loving and sweet girl, her chaotic past affects her current behavior. Godwin adds, "The negative side is, some days she just wakes up grumpy and if she wakes up grumpy she's going to be grumpy the whole day." She will need to continue therapy, working on controlling temper tantrums. She will also need experienced parents, with a lot of patience. She would do best as the youngest child in a family.

Nichole holds the ticket to a bright future, but needs the Gift of Love to help her realize her potential. A family willing to open up their heart and home in giving unconditional love, would make her feel not only loved but wanted, for the first time in her life.

If you'd like to know more about Nichole, adoption or fostering a child, call our Gift of Love hotline. The toll free number is 1-888-kids-275.

Gillian Sheridan, reporting.

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