UPDATE: Great news! As of February 2013, Leanne has a family!
Date of Birth: October 13, 2000, China
Leanne was found in a mountain village of southern China in October 2003. She was then about 3 years old. After a failed attempt to find her birth parents, Leanne went to live at a care center. Here, she stayed until July of 2007 when, at 6 and a half years old, she joined a foster family.
Today, Leanne is a lovely and confident young woman with artistic interests and talents. She excels in language and is a strong reader and storyteller. She also loves to draw, sing and dance – and expresses herself beautifully through these mediums.
Leanne has a scar on the left side of her face from surgery to remove a tumor. At a time in life when girls tend to be overly concerned about their appearance, Leanne seems not at all self-conscious about her scar. During a visit in August 2012, she stood proudly before our staff and confidently answered their questions. For an almost-12 year old girl, she seems unusually poised and self-possessed. She currently attends public school and will start the 6th grade in September. Sweet and polite, Leanne gets along well with her peers and has close friends at school.
Leanne has expressed that she really wants to be part of a family in the U.S., and hopes to be adopted soon. But when she turns 14, she will become ineligible for international adoption. To ensure her adoption is completed by her 14th birthday, she will need a family that’s ready to move forward with paperwork right away and put forth efforts to expedite the home study, immigration and dossier processes.