Editor's Note: Every week the Deseret News profiles a special-needs child available for adoption through the Rocky Mountain Adoption Exchange. An estimated 35,000 children are considered `special-needs' because they are of an ethnic minority, disabled, older or hard to place because there are several siblings who need to be placed together. Anyone interested in a child can call the exchange at 359-7700. Laketha was born in May 1975. She takes great pride in her personal appearance, and her efforts are evident.

She is an active Girl Scout who also loves dancing, music and needlework.Laketha has had some difficulties with reading in

school, but she is eager to learn and generally performs at her grade level. Some learning disabilities are detectable.

She is involved in weekly individual therapy and daily group sessions to help her overcome some emotional difficulties.

Laketha's bonding potential seems to be excellent. She needs a black or bi-racial, two-parent or single-woman family.

She will need a lot of patience, nurturing and structure. She would most likely do well as the oldest child. An adoption subsidy is available.