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Shanna in Search of A Family

I first saw this adorable face in November of 2007 when I visited the Believe In Me school in Shantou. I had walked into a room full of young children who were sitting in little chairs up against the wall awaiting my arrival.

After a few minutes, the children began to sing and dance to a song about cats. They were each wearing a kitty cat “hat.” It was such fun! I could not have stopped smiling even if I had tried.

Most of the children were scared of the pale, blonde lady with curly hair who was at this point totally mesmerized by them. They would see me and then turn to walk the other direction. However, to my delight one little sweetheart not only walked right up to me, but when I knelt down, she gave me a huge hug. My heart melted! Her smile literally lit up the room. She was having so much fun clapping and singing and playing, and she liked me!

I have continued to receive school reports and many more adorable photographs of sweet Shanna these past two years. Now nine years old, she is a very resilient little girl and loved by all who know her.

I was absolutely ecstatic to recently discover she is now on the shared list waiting her forever family to find her and bring her home. If her smile does not capture your heart, I assure you her hugs most definitely will!!! Shanna’s special need involves hypothyroidism; however, she is now on medication and her levels are normal. She is hoping that THIS year is the year she is chosen by a family of her very own.

For more photos and information about Shanna, please contact us at [email protected].

Karen McGinty is the BIM Shantou, Guangdong, Coordinator for Love Without Boundaries. She lives in Edmond, OK, with her husband, Keith, and four children: Mason, age 12; Molly, age 10, adopted from Hubei Province; Mia, age 6, adopted from Chongqing; and Matthew, age 5.

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