“I’m painting a [ceramic] cupcake. It’s a piggy bank,” she said.
This 12-year-old also likes dancing, playing the clarinet, taking part in church activities and playing sports. “I like to go swimming and play basketball.”
Ashley Gipson with Child Protective Services said, “She’s a sweet child. Real quiet, but once she does meet you she will open up but it’s going to take her some time to get to know you.”
Asia is very mature and intelligent and takes great pride in her appearance.
“I have a lot of friends.”
I asked her what she wants to be when she grows up.
“I want to be a teacher,” she replied.
The long wait in foster care for a forever family is hard on Asia.
“I’ve been in care since I was 9,” she said.
Gipson said, “Asia wants to be adopted. She wants a mom and a dad and wants someone who will allow her to participate in extra curricular activities and support her in any activity she’s in.”
Because of disappointments in her life, Asia is cautious about adoption but knows the stability and structure is exactly what she needs.
“They need to accept her for who she is. They need to understand that for her going into their home they’ll need to allow her time to adjust to the home and they are going to have to adjust to her.” Gipson goes on to say, “It may take her a while to adjust and come around but it will happen.”
To learn more about Asia, join Gillian Sheridan for her “Children are a Gift” report, Tuesday night on CBS 19 Ten @ 10. You can also find information on www.CBS19.tv and tylerpaper.com. To inquire about an East Texas child waiting to be adopted call 903-533-4109.