Name, age: Serenity, 4. Background: Serenity is a playful, affectionate, spirited child. She is bright and has a great vocabulary. Her caseworker says her...

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Name, age: Serenity, 4.

Background: Serenity is a playful, affectionate, spirited child. She is bright and has a great vocabulary. Her caseworker says her confident demeanor and big personality make her appear at times to be “four going on 30.” A social girl, she’s quick to share and include others. She picks out her own clothes and takes pride in her appearance. Barbie dolls and Disney princesses are favorite playthings. She enjoys listening to stories.

She attends a child-care center with a Head Start curriculum.

The only consistent figure in Serenity’s life has been her social worker. She needs to feel control over her life and responds best to consistent adults who are firm about rules and limits. She goes to weekly counseling to help her deal with attachment issues and learn age-appropriate boundaries.

Needed: A two-parent home where Serenity would be the youngest child. She needs strong parents who can nurture her, make her feel safe and help her be “just a kid.” Parents should take pride in her heritage and make sure she has opportunities to participate in the African-American community.

Contact: Northwest Adoption Exchange, 206-441-6822 or www.nwae.org.

Sunday’s Child profiles children in the Northwest Adoption Exchange, a Seattle-based nonprofit for children with special needs who are in state foster care in Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Idaho.