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Three-year-old Aryanna needs a family to call her own

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She's a little dynamo, who would do best as the youngest or the only child in a family. Aryanna has made huge strides in the care of her foster family, when it comes to her verbal and developmental delays. But now it's time for her to find a family she can call her own.

Three-year-old Aryanna is a cute and curious little girl.

"She loves to explore the world around her. She loves to go from one thing to the next to the next to the next," said protective services worker, Gisella Gomez.

She's special girl with special needs.

"She has some significant delays in areas, in cognitive areas, in motor skills, in speech and language area," explained Gomez. "So she definitely needs a lot of support and services that are already in place, but will need to continue to mentor her development for her to continue to grow."

Aryanna has been living with her current foster parents since she was just six-months-old.

"She is a wonderful little girl, they express a lot of love towards her, they adore her," added Gomez.

But they also want the best for Aryanna's future and so it is time now for Aryanna to find a forever family, since her foster family can't be there for her long term.

"They see themselves as a grandma and grandpa fulfilling that role for Aryanna, because she definitely needs a lifelong family that can provide her that consistency," Gomez continued. "The stability, the nurturing she needs to mature that development."

Aryanna is playful and got a little kick out of nudging photojournalist Ann Marie Spaulding's camera.

"Aryanna is a really beautiful little girl, she is spunky, spontaneous she loves to be outdoors," Gomez said. "This is a little girl who can not be sitting indoors watching a move, she has to be outdoors, very active, loves to play with other kids. She's very well liked by other kids."

And though she's slow to warm up at first, Aryanna is a social butterfly and what she needs now is a forever family to ensure she continues to thrive.

"She is making progress. She does very well, and she continues to grow, so there's positive outcomes for her in the future," Gomez explained.

If you're interested in adopting or becoming a foster family, call 1-877-I-ADOPT-U.

To meet other children in foster care and discover how you can help restore their hope, please click here.

News 8 would also like to thank photographer Michael Spengler from Studio M in La Jolla for the Heart Gallery photo in our story.

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