Mona is a quiet, curious 7-year-old with some catching up to do. “She needs a little bit of extra attention because she missed out on one-on-one attention,” says Jen Workman, a youth advocate. “She needs a lot of nurturing because she has missed out on bedtime stories, being tucked in – a lot of the typical things a lot of us take for granted.” Mona starts second grade this school year and “she is catching up rapidly,” Workman says. “She is very inquisitive and wants to learn.” Mona displays the spunk and energy to make up for lost time. She is eager to demonstrate hand stands and cartwheels. She bubbles with questions while doing art projects and she thoughtfully offers ideas on how to best handle an encounter with a porcupine. “I’m kind of smart,” she says quietly, and then goes on to prove it.
Mona loves Disney movies and says she wishes she could swim under the sea like Ariel in The Little Mermaid. “I want to be a princess when I grow up,” she says.. Meanwhile, Mona is happy playing basketball, practicing gymnastics and riding a skateboard..
Mona has three siblings, and while the group isn’t being placed in an adoptive home together, it’s important that the children remain in contact with each other, Workman says. “We’re really hoping for a forever family that will honor those sibling relationships and keep visits and contact going with the siblings,” Workman says.
For more information about Mona, please contact AASK at (602) 930-4900 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.