Lovable girl needs loving forever family

Published on Saturday, 29 March 2014 22:07 - Written by Gillian Sheridan gsheridan@cbs19.tv

A girl in East Texas is facing some challenges in her young life. Sadly, it’s a result of her mother drinking while she was pregnant with her.

This foster child needs special attention that only a forever family can give. To get to know her, we took her on a trip to Pottery Cafe in Tyler to make something special that she could keep.

Gazing at all the ceramic items on the shelf, Kayla carefully made her selection to paint.

“I’m going to do the same thing with mine,” she said, picking up a decorative dish that was already painted. “I know how to draw a heart.”

Kayla is an active, creative and outgoing 8-year-old.

“She’s a very bright, spirited child,” Brandi Jaco, with Child Protective Services, said.

This little girl was diagnosed with fetal alcohol syndrome and born with hydrocephalus, which is excess fluid on the brain, causing it to swell.

“But to look at her now, it doesn’t look very noticeable,” Ms. Jaco said. “As far as medical issues, she has some stomach problems, but that’s it. She’s not on any medication for anything like that.”

Kayla came into foster care because of severe neglect. She is now making great progress as she waits for a forever family.

“In the foster home she is in right now, she has done much better in school,” Ms. Jaco said. “She is a sweet girl and does like to be around other children.”

Kayla likes to make new friends and is enjoying the third grade.

“She is going to need a family who can fight for her with special-education courses and who can advocate for her,” Ms. Jaco said.

She’s a girlie-girl who likes pretty things.

“I like to dress up and put bows in my hair and that kind of stuff, and I like to sing and dance,” Kayla said.

While Kayla deals with her past, she continues to look to her future. She’s a lovable little girl, just waiting to be loved back.


To learn more about Kayla, join Gillian Sheridan for her “Children are a Gift” report, Tuesday night on CBS 19 Ten @ 10. You also can find information on www.cbs19.tv or www.tylerpaper.com . To inquire about an East Texas child waiting to be adopted, call 903-676-2407.