CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- This young lady is Mashala. She is 9 years old and waiting for a family of her own. She likes swimming, shopping, listening to music and singing. Mashala is the youngest of a sibling group of three; however, she is to be a single adoption. The children do have sibling visits and this should continue after the adoption is final.Mashala needs a forever family who understands the effects of abuse and neglect on a child. She needs parents who will be patient with her as she tests the waters and her new family's commitment to her.Mashala will most likely need long-term services related to her mental health and education. While school is a challenge for Mashala, she is making progress. Her social worker believes that she would be most successful in a home where she is the youngest or the only child.Many children in West Virginia are legally eligible to be adopted and are waiting for permanent and loving families. For more information on adoption, contact Mission West Virginia at 866-225-5698 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.