Veronica is a bright 10 year old. She's expressive, healthy and happy. "I like to play outside and do cartwheels and watch movies. I also like to swim and play with dolls. I like to do a whole lot of stuff." Veronica adds, "I'm just a normal girl."
But Veronica's life has been anything but normal. She was removed from her home about four years ago because of severe neglect and abuse. She will need to continue counseling, working on her self esteem. Sandy Salder with Child Protective Services says, "Veronica tends to be very critical of herself. She wants to perform well and do well academically and she wants praise, but she can be more critical of herself than other people might be."
Veronica is doing better in her Special Education Classes and just passed third grade. "I like to learn," says Veronica. This young girl will require extra attention to meet her academic needs as well as lots of praise and encouragement as she makes progress. "She can be independent but she's just starved for that one on one attention and nurturing and guidance," says Sadler.
For now, Veronica says she gets her strength by going to church. "To learn about God. So we can go to heaven." She adds, "What I do is I pray everyday for like my family, friends and to help my family to not talk bad, and I pray to have a good home."
Veronica would do best as the only, or youngest, child in a family. She does play well with other children and even met a new friend when a little girl approached her at Chuck E Cheese's in Tyler saying "Do you want these tickets and tokens?" Surprised, Veronica responded with a genuine, "Thank you."
The love shown by this little stranger brightened Veronica's day making her realize just how much she wants to be part of a family. She's holding out hope that her prayers for the Gift of Love will be answered. "I would like a forever family."
If you'd like to know more about Veronica, or how to become a foster or adoptive parent, call our Gift of Love hotline. The toll-free number is 1-888-kids-275.