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After all the terrible things Masha has endured, she finally has the mother she's always dreamed of having. Three years ago, Faith Allen was a busy foster mom when she heard about a desperate little girl who needed a home, and decided right away to adopt Masha.

Because of the deplorable treatment Masha suffered, Faith says that in many ways, Masha was like a baby she had to teach. "When she first came to me, I had to teach her how she had to bathe, how she had to eat," says Faith.

Today, Masha finally has a bedroom of her own. Though her wounds are far from healed, life might be looking up for this young survivor. "I feel really safe and happy for the first time," says Masha. "It's like starting over."
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Published on January 17, 2006

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