Ni’Layah - Birthdate: March 2005

Ni’Layah loves kisses on both cheeks and big hugs. She likes to ride on her school bus and play in the water when she takes a bath. She also loves to eat and gets a big smile on her face when she sees you preparing her food. Ni-Ni adores Cheetos, grits, chicken mcnuggets and cheeseburgers. Ni’Layah has a sweet personality, loves attention, and enjoys affection and spending time with her foster family. If she feels ignored, she will make noises until she gets your attention!

Ni’Layah is diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and is on the Autism Spectrum. She is developmentally delayed and attends a specialized school to address her needs. Through her school she also receives Speech and Occupational Therapy. Ni’Layah is able to walk short distances and has braces for her legs. She also utilizes her wheelchair when traveling longer distances.

Ni’Layah likes to suck her thumb and tap her fingers. She makes raspberry noises and other various sounds, and also knows simple words like “no” and “ma”. Ni’Layah is very intelligent and understands a lot of what is going on around her. She struggles with expressing herself and communicating her needs. She needs an adoptive family that can advocate for her and meet her needs on every level.

Agency: Cuyahoga County DCFS
Contact: Kirstin Dibbern or Shannon Carleton
Telephone: (216) 881-4046 or (216) 881-2829
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