Miyonaha seems to radiate the message behind Louis Armstrong’s anthem, “What a Wonderful World.” For instance, her dream destination is Hawaii because – in her words – “I love beaches, so pretty,” and like the song, she sees the best in people. “She is thoughtful towards others,” says one worker. “Miyonaha is a charming girl who enjoys making others smile,” says another worker. Oftentimes, Miyonaha showcases her sense of humor and loves sharing a laugh with others. Like Louis, Miyonaha loves music; her favorite genres are rap and hip hop, and she especially enjoys listening to Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne. On the weekends, Miyonaha enjoys volunteering. She also likes spending time with friends watching movies or playing cards. Her favorite foods mirror her varied interests. Miyonaha loves soul food, fried chicken and Little Caesars Meat Lovers Pizza, and she might even top off a favorite meal with a Snickers bar for dessert. If dreams come true, Miyonaha will become a veterinarian or a scientist, and if dreams surely do come true, Miyanah’s wonderful world will include a big house and a family to enjoy it with her so they can – again, in her words – “live happily ever after.” It would be a wonderful world if Miyonaha had another dream come true: Being part of a family again, one who would talk to her or hug her when she’s upset. Or one who would go swimming and play together. Or even better, “Tell me they love me.”
Miyonaha can be very energetic at times but her behaviors can change quickly, according to one of her workers. She receives services to help her process her feelings. Miyonaha benefits from assistance in staying on task at home and in school. She shows a strong desire to improve in all areas, her worker says. She needs assistance in school but is committed to the work. She lists science as her favorite subject in school.
Miyonaha would do well with single or two parents who are patient and experienced and who have knowledge of the impact of trauma on a child. She would do best with no other children in the home. Her new forever family must be strong advocates for the services that will help Miyonaha function at her best at home, in school and in the community.
For more information, contact the Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange at 800-589-6273.
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