Sunshine, 8, was born on Dec. 27, 1985. She is bright, loves to read and is an excellent student.She started third grade this fall.

Since the spring of 1988, Sunshine has been in 10 foster placements. She has some difficult behaviors that are typical of children who have experienced abuse and is currently in a residential center for children with emotional problems.Although she is quite charming, her attachments to others are superficial and bonding with an adoptive family may be difficult for her. Sunshine still is not clear about how to have different kinds of relationships with different people or with whom it is appropriate to show affection. She receives individual and group therapy weekly.

Sunshine should be the youngest or only child in a two-parent family or with a single mother. Although a Hispanic family is preferred, other families who feel they can deal with her emotional and behavior problems will be considered. Financial assistance is available.

Editor's note: Every week the Deseret News profiles a special-needs child available for adoption through the Rocky Mountain Adoption Exchange. An estimated 35,000 children are considered "special needs" because they are from an ethnic minority, disabled, older or hard to place because there are several siblings who need to be placed together. Anyone interested in a child may call the exchange at 359-7700.