Gift Of Love: Tia

It's a little smile, that can melt your heart. Tia is a sweet girl. One look in her eyes and you can't help but fall in love. "She's a beautiful little girl. She's very loving and can charm you with those eyes," says Foster Mom Tammy Iley of East Texas.

Tia quickly bonded with Tammy. "She's a very happy baby. She loves attention," says Tammy with Tia talking in the background.

Tia has made tremendous progress in a short amount of time. She was born premature at 26 weeks, weighing just one pound. She came to Tammy's home at 14 months old, still only weighing just 14 pounds. "She's a very shaky baby because she was a fetal alcohol baby. As a result, she tremors a lot. She also didn't smile when I first got her. She was just a very quiet baby."

She began therapy at the Ellis Rehabilitation Services in Tyler. "When Tia started with us, she was real afraid of any movement; real adverse to touch," explains Cindy Lee, Tia's Therapist.

At the time, Tia showed no expressions or emotion, except fear. Slowly, that scared little girl began to open up. Cindy says, "Now, she's exploring a lot more with different facial expressions, sounds, imitating, and interactive games. She's just made very significant progress in all areas of development."

And just two weeks ago, at 20 month old, Tia began walking. She's now much more aware of what's on around her and is very curious. Her little hands and feet explore at every opportunity. "She loves the attention, especially one on one. Her favorite things to do are singing, clapping and dancing," says Tammy.

Tia will need to continue therapy to further her development. She would do best in a family with other children, but most of all one with love. Cindy says, "Tia wants to be cuddled, and that's a blessing. She wants to be held and wants to be loved and will blow kisses back to you show her emotion back to you too."

She's a precious little girl, just waiting for her forever family.

If you'd like to know more about Tia, or want information on fostering or adopting, call our Gift of Love hotline. The toll free number is 1-888-kids-275.

Gillian Sheridan, reporting.