For this Wednesday's Child, we're seeking extremely dedicated adoptive parents for a child with special needs -- and she's a child with a lot of affection to give, too.
Her name is Zenaya. She's about 8 years old, and the more you spend time with her, the more you see her "abilities" than her disabilities.
Zenaya was fine in her wheelchair, but obviously happier "out" of it. She doesn't talk a lot, but that doesn't stop her from communicating what she wants.
"She's come a long way, actually. She's interacting more with peers at school," says Javier, her caseworker.
"Like any child she wants to do her own thing, and when she sees something she likes, she wants to do it," Javier said.
And clearly one of the things she found she liked to do when she was with us was the slide -- going round again and again.
Zenaya goes to school everyday and especially reacts to music.
"Oh, she loves music. She, um, if she's watching TV or she hears music, a lot of times she will start jumping up and down and pretending to be a dancer or something like that," Javier explains.
Zenaya has cerebral palsy and ocassional seizures. Anyone adopting her will have to be very attentive to her medical needs. But what they get in return is a loving and happy child.
"In many ways, she's very independent. She likes to play, she likes to run, she likes to do a lot of stuff. She likes to dance, she likes to watch TV. She laughs alot," adds Javier.
Don't be intimidated by Zenaya's disabilities. This is a young girl with lots of potential, and a great capacity for love.
If you're interested, please call the Las Vegas office of the Adoption Exchange at 436-6335.