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One-year-old Solana survives the unthinkable, needs forever family

One-year-old Solana is legally freed to be adopted today through the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services. (Source: KPLC) One-year-old Solana is legally freed to be adopted today through the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services. (Source: KPLC)
LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

At just one year old, a little girl named Solana has survived the unthinkable: physical abuse that will forever affect her life.  

Solana's adoption worker, Lazetter West with the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, has made it her mission to find a loving, safe, forever family for this precious girl.

Since the first day West took over now 22-month-old Solana's case, she fell in love with her.

"She's a happy baby, she smiles a lot, she likes bright colors," said West.  "She loves to be loved and hugged and talked to."

Children, like Solana, are in state custody because of abuse or neglect.  Solana survived abuse that severely damaged her brain.

"She was born healthy, but as a result of abuse, she is now diagnosed with a severe brain injury," said West.

That brain injury has left Solana unable to talk or walk, but she can connect and communicate in her own way.  She is in weekly therapies to help her reach her full potential.

"We would definitely have resources to assist you with therapies for Solana, teaching you how to do physical, occupational," said West, "things that you can do at home to help her become as independent as she can."

West says Solana has so much love to give and is ready to be adopted into a home that can give it back in return.

"Solana would do best in a home that has someone who is nurturing, caring, who would be able to develop a bond with her, that would be able to love her and commit to helping her become and independent individual so that Solana can become the best Solana that she can be," said West.

Solana is legally freed to be adopted today.  To make an inquiry about her adoption, call the Lake Charles region Department of Children and Family Services at 337-491-2470.

If you are interested in learning more about foster care or fostering-to-adopt, the next orientation for the Lake Charles is Monday, May 23 at 6:00 P.M. at the DCFS office on Kirkman Street.

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