Fashion demands focus. There is measuring fabric, cutting the fabric and stitching seams. Fortunately, 11-year-old Kimberly has an abundance of focus as Naomi Ellis, a fashion design instructor at Phoenix College, guides her through the construction of a purple skirt.
While the session was Kimberly’s first time sewing, it wasn’t the first time she has made something with her hands. She likes to keep herself busy with all sorts of arts and craft projects.
“I like to play and goof around and color, too,” she said.
Kimberly also has an athletic side.
“I like to play sports outside like volleyball and soccer,” she said, adding that her volleyball team is on a winning streak.
Kimberly also likes swimming and basketball.
Kimberly is an honor roll student who declares math as her favorite subject.
“I do love school,” she said.
Kimberly said she is proud of being a good friend.
“My friends would describe me as funny, nice, kind and helpful,” she said. “If they’re sad, I’ll cheer them up with a joke. Or, if they’re alone at recess, I’ll join them.”
Kimberly said she dreams of a forever family with a mother and a father that is “an adventurous family and an arts-and-crafts family.”
She would like siblings, especially if she could be the youngest child in the house.
Because she wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up, Kimberly hopes her forever family would support her ambition of going to college.
“What I will bring to a family is caring and trustworthiness and responsibility,” she said.
Watch the stories of children in foster care waiting on forever families each week on the Wednesday’s Child segment each week between 5-6 a.m. on 12 News. You can also view previously aired stories at www.aask-az.org.
For more information on children eligible for adoption, call Aid to Adoption of Special Kids (AASK) at 602-930-4900, or visit www.aask-az.org.
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