The photo above was a photo taken at the time Katya was officially released for adoption in the summer of 2010. By the time we came for her, she looked even worse than the photo above. Starvation and abuse had taken an even bigger toll on her little body. Her hair was sparser and her eye brows and eye lashes were almost gone. She was skeletal, pale, and not in good shape at all.
Now, after just a little over a year of love and good food and medical care, behold Katya's 2012 school photo!
This is a child who knows she is loved.