Lizeth is a happy, smiling girl who lights up any room. During her visit to the Musical Instrument Museum, she was immediately drawn to the games and puzzles with sounds. She enjoys making up her own games and exploring. But this little girl definitely knows how to ham it up ' she'll stop everything to get her picture taken! She cheerfully modeled her Hello Kitty dress and new boots. She was also very tidy, making sure that everything was put away before moving on to a new project.
'Lizeth is a very expressive, sweet, loving child,' says Rene Jenkins, Lizeth's legal representative. 'When she walks into a room, the first thing you'll see is her smile. You can't help but enjoy her company when she's there.'
Although she has mild to moderate cognitive disabilities, Lizeth enjoys many activities. She loves to swim (although she still needs help in the pool), go shopping and play board games. Playing outside is one of her favorite things, and she loves to go to the playground with other kids. She's also very interested in fashion and loves dressing up.
'She loves, loves picking out her clothes in the morning,' adds Rene. 'She always wants to make sure she matches before she runs out the door.'
Lizeth is currently in 4th grade and has an individual education plan. She's in a self-contained classroom and enjoys school and the activities there. Her teachers are helping her meet new goals that they establish for her learning. Lizzy, as she likes to be called, gets along well with other children and loves to play with them.
Lizzy's disabilities mean that she will require assistance into adulthood and a family that is willing to take on her specific needs. It doesn't change her desire to love and be loved. She enjoys adult interaction and contact with others.
Because she enjoys being with others and playing with other kids, Lizzy would do very well in a home with older children. She enjoys the competition of older children, which works very well with her interest in board games, and relishes the attention of being the youngest. She loves being active and trying new things, and would be happiest in a home with a family that can be active with her.
'Adoption provides such a permanency, especially for children with special needs,' says Rene. 'Lizeth has an amazing ability to show love and affection. We're hoping to find a family that doesn't want to change her, but is willing to fit into her world and provide long-term permanency for her. That would be a great match.'