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Gift of Love: Justice and Shalay

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It was a fun afternoon at the Discovery Science Center with Justice and Shalay as we enjoyed shopping, digging for dinosaur bones and exploring! 

9-year-old Justice is a loving little girl with an ability to give great hugs.  She has a bright smile and while she can be cautious with strangers she loves being with her family.  Justice has the type of personality that can adapt to a variety of situations.  She also loves school.  

Her favorite thing to do there is, "Play! What else? Eat!," Justice said.

Justice also loves to watch T. V.

"Sponge Bob. What else? And Scooby Doo," Justice said.

Justice says she would like to be Cinderella when she grows up or maybe a cowgirl.

As for her forever family, she wants one that is, "Happy and not sad," Justice.

Justice seems to struggle with communication and relating to others.  She is in need of a stable, highly structured home and school to allow her to progress.  Justice also loves hanging out with her sister Shalay.

"We play and we watch T. V. and we listen," Justice said.

Sister Shalay is a happy little girl who loves positive attention and is very attentive and affectionate. 

"Shalay is 4. She is a sweet little child. Very talkative. Loves getting into things, loves to mess with her big sister. She's your typical 4-year-old little girl," Intensive Adoption Coordinator Ashley Gipson said.

Shalay has begun to show off more of her personality and she is able to command an audience when she wants to. 

"She's learning colors. She loves dolls, playing with her dolls. She likes to jump rope and she's learning how to do that still," Gipson said. 

Shalay has also started to talk more, but is still working with ECI regarding her speech and occupational therapy.  Shalay attends pre-K for half the day and daycare for the other half.  She does very well in school and is learning valuable social skills.

"She's all girl!" Gipson said.

A family for these sisters would need to be very patient and structured.  

"Shalay would do good in a home that would accept both her sister and herself.  A two parent home that is going to accept her and her sister for who they are.  One that is going to be consistent with the rules outlining their expectations," Gipson said.
     
And justice, although she is older, she still needs a lot of one on one attention to help her through her emotional struggles. Right now Justice leans on her sister for support.

"And what else do y'all do? And we talk about stuff when we feel bad or sad," Justice said.

Both girls hope to find a forever family soon, a family that can show these two lovely little ladies the Gift of Love.

If you'd like to know more about Justice and Shalay you can call our Gift of Love hotline, Toll-Free, 1-888-KIDS-275.

 

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