LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Kendall's story is tough story to tell. She's a girl with strong will, a stubborn mind, and a heart of gold.
"She's a happy little girl," said a DHS adoption specialist Margaret Miller. "She kind of has her little personality. She likes to do things on her own and likes to do things her way, and if she doesn't get her way, she kinda lets you know it."
Miller said that is likely how Kendall has survived a life that's been unkind to her at best. She was born with multiple defects.
"She's been diagnosed with several severe disabilities," Miller informed.
A few years after her birth, she was pulled into state care because her birth mother was neglecting her. One of her disabilities is called Trisomy 10, which causes multiple delays--both physical and mental. That is why Kendall, who is 8 years old, functions as though she is a 3 to 6-month-old baby.
"She is in the process of learning to walk, and she can," Miller added. "We believe she has a lot of potential to be able to one day make that great stride and surprise us all."
Perhaps the biggest surprise would be a family to step up and take her in and give Kendall the commitment and love she needs. Miller knows it's a big request, but she also knows this little girl is worth it.
"It's really heartbreaking. Even though she doesn't understand, she just wants love--just wants to be loved."
Special thanks to the Wonder Place for accommodating Kendall. Her favorite part of the experience was the water.
Click on the Arkansas Department of Human Services adoption website if you'd like more information on Kendall or any of the children in state care up for adoption.
There are no costs associated with adopting a child in state care.