In Makayla’s dream world, it radiates a sun-drenched rainbow of possibilities. Makayla imagines a career as a lawyer — or a dancer, photographer, baker and soccer player. Perhaps she’d imagine traveling to Africa to watch her favorite animal, the cheetah, soak in the sun or pounce on its prey, or she might think about traveling to her dream destination, Florida, so she can bask in the warmth. This dreamer is really a down-to-earth girl. She likes munching on Ramen Noodles and fried chicken. Makayla enjoys playing games such as “Clue” and participating in soccer and basketball. When she’s asked about what she’s most proud of, Makayla says “how far I’ve come from my past experiences.” Her worker agrees, adding “Makayla has been working hard to overcome her past and not let negative experiences define her. She is becoming more confident in herself and is really growing to be a mature young lady.” On her list of favorite things, Makayla includes blue for color and social studies for subject in school. She likes going to church, and she dreams about meeting Christian rapper NF. She also wishes for an iPhone and a forever family so she can chat when they’re not together. In fact, Makayla’s dream world would be complete with a “nice” and “fun” family who enjoys life as much as she does.

Her worker says that Makayla is a very smart girl who loves to learn. She does struggle in her relationships with peers but does well around younger children. “Makayla is a joy to be around,” says her worker, “and with patience, love, and consistency she would do well.” Although Makayla can seem quite shy at first, she opens up once she gets comfortable with new people.

Makayla would do best in a forever family with a mom and dad, but a single-female parent with a strong support network would be considered. Her parent or parents would benefit from knowledge of the impact of trauma on a child. Her new family also must be strong advocates for the services that will benefit Makayla. In addition, they must be patient as Makayla transitions into her new home, and they should be consistent in their expectations and utilize positive reinforcement. Her worker adds that Makayla would do best in a family in which she’s the oldest child. Finally, her worker believes having a pet would be a great benefit to Makayla, who wants a dog.

For more information, contact the Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange at 800-589-6273.

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