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A Waiting Child: Kenzie

LOCKWOOD – This month’s A Waiting Child features Kenzie.

She’s a creative, 10-year-old girl who loves to get her hands dirty with crafts, and she is looking for a forever home.

We caught up with her during the creation of a masterpiece.

Kenzie is a girl who loves to sparkle. Whether it’s playing outside or getting a little crafty with paint, she loves to get right in the middle of it.

“It felt really good because you actually got to create stuff,” Kenzie said.

Her favorite color is purple and she featured the color prominently in a painting of her favorite creature, the unicorn.

Ask her about art, and she’ll talk for hours.

“We made a little pot, kind of. And it was in second grade that we did it. It was really cool. My teacher bought these things. Like, little canvas, kind of,” Kenzie said.

A Waiting Child Kenzie
Kenzie is a creative, 10-year-old girl who loves to get her hands dirty with crafts, and she is looking for a forever home. (MTN News photo)

“We traced the sharpie after we went out for recess then she had a bottle of really sparkly stuff. She took it and she sprayed it all over. It was really cool,” she added.

Kenzie’s life isn’t all arts and crafts though. She is a bright student that loves to dig into a good math problem.

“I like pluses and subtracting. But sometimes the subtracting is really hard. Times is hard for me,” Kenzie said. “I tried doing the threes, fours. I know the fives! But not sixes, or sevens, or eights, or nines.”

In a forever home, Kenzie would like to have brothers and sisters, but most importantly, a family that loves her.

“I want to make sure that they love me. And I want them to know that I love them. Because I want to be safe in the home,” Kenzie said.

You can contact the Montana Department of Health and Human Services for information about adoption and/or fostering at 1-866-9-FOSTER (1-866-936-7837).

-Mitch Lagge reporting for MTN News.


Children who are available for adoption through the Child & Family Services Division of the Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services 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 provides these services.

What about training?  Montana Child and Family Services requires and provides 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.

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