Like most teenagers, 14-year-old Lizeth, who goes by “Lizzie,” fiercely wants to be independent.
“She wants to do everything on her own, even if it takes a little longer,” says Chayla Kloog,
Support Coordinator with the state Division of Developmental Disabilities.
Lizzie’s path to independence will always be ongoing because of a moderate cognitive disability, but she can go far with the stability, support and patient teaching of a forever family.
“Lizzie would like to be part of a family that could help her learn new skills,” Kloog says.
“Lizzie does well when she has firm, clear direction.”
And Lizzie is an eager, cheerful learner who always wears a smile and is quick to laugh.
She is quick to help out, too.
“She loves to help when given a task like setting the table,” Kloog says.
Lizzie is a big fan of the Disney princess movie “Frozen” and the music from the soundtrack.
“Lizzie enjoys a lot of pretend play, like playing with Barbie dolls and baby dolls,” Kloog says. “She likes to play with a toy kitchen.”
Lizzie would thrive in almost any type of family structure, Kloog says.
“I think Lizzie would do great with a single parent or two parents,” Kloog says, adding “Lizzie would like to be a big sister, but she also enjoys having older siblings.”
Watch the stories of children in foster care waiting on forever families each week on the Wednesday’s Child segment between 5-6 a.m. on 12 Today. 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.