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11-year-old needs family of her own

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Amy is an 11-year-old girl who is always willing to flash a smile.

Due to abuse and neglect in her birth home, Amy has been in foster care for several years. She has had many losses in her life and has suffered extensive abuse, which has resulted in the need for in-patient care at times.

Amy is cheerful, affectionate and loves to talk. She desperately wants a family to call her own. Amy is in the fifth grade and performs below grade level. She receives special education to help with her developmental disabilities.

Amy enjoys going to restaurants with nice decor and table linens and fancy glasses, as these places make her feel special. She has poor boundaries and impulse control, which often make her very open about her past, even to strangers.

Amy would do well in a two-parent or single-mother home with very nurturing and understanding parents. She needs to be the only child. Amy attends therapy, and it will need to continue after placement. Financial assistance may be available for medical care and therapy.

Editor's note: Each week the Deseret News profiles a special-needs child available for adoption through The Adoption Exchange, 1065 E. 3300 South. Anyone interested in a child may call the exchange at 412-0200. kids@adoptex.org. The Adoption Exchange, in connection with the state Division of Child and Family Services, also has a Web site www.utdcfsadopt.org featuring waiting children.