HELENA — This month’s “A Waiting Child” features Shayla. She’s 12, kind, has a love for life and is looking for a forever home.
Like many 12-year-olds, Shayla loves gymnastics, TIK-TOK, being creative and music. She even taught herself to play the ukulele.
“I actually got it on my birthday and before I was using my hairbrush because I really wanted to play the ukulele,” said Shayla.
Known for providing leadership and being a positive role model for her peers, Shayla also has an infectious smile and laugh that warms the heart.
Shaya has known trauma in her life, but despite that she is compassionate, resistant and forgiving.
In a forever home she’s hoping to find a family that understands depression, and can be patient with her just like she’ll be patient with them.
“If they’re patient with me and I'm patient with them, that either way it will work out,” said Shayla. “I think they can see who I really am cause it takes a little bit, and I think that I’m kind and I think that’s the most important.”
The family should be able to provide boundaries and limits, while recognizing it may take time while she gains trust and acceptance of her care.
Shayla also has two older sisters that are an important part of her life and has consistent contact with them.
You can contact the Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services for information about adoption and/or fostering at 1-866-9-FOSTER (1-866-936-7837).
Children who are available for adoption through the Child & Family Services Division of the DPHHS have been removed from their own families because of abuse, neglect, or other family problems that make it unsafe for them to remain at home. The rights of their parents have been terminated making the children available for adoption.
Who May Adopt? Either married couples or single adults who have an approved pre-placement evaluation or adoptive home study may adopt in the State of Montana.
How do I get a home study? If you live in Montana, you may begin the process by contacting your county office of Child and Family Services. If you live outside of Montana, contact your state or local office that provide these services.
What about training? Montana Child and Family Services require and provide special training to all of our foster and adoptive parents. The training is offered at various times and places around the State of Montana. If you live in Montana, information is available from your county CFS office. If you live outside of Montana, contact your state or local office that provides these services.
Click here to learn more about child adoption in Montana.