Leah Miao Linsin is 14 years old and is an eighth grader at Pyle Middle School in Bethesda, Maryland. She and her family live in Potomac, Maryland.
Leah was born in China, in the Guangzhou metropolitan area. She was adopted by her parents when she was 9 months old. She has played soccer since age three and loves art, reading, Legos ( she has not outgrown her love of Legos and claims she never will), pandas, Dr. Who, K-pop, and her friends. She is active in the student- led group CAIF (Capital Area Interfaith Friends), which promotes inter faith awareness and community service.
Leah is grateful to her C.A.S.E. therapist, who helped her learn to process and talk about her adoption. She contributed to C.A.S.E.’s new publication, Beneath The Mask: For Teen Adoptees because she wants to help other kids her age who might benefit from her experience. Leah is excited to travel to China this summer and to see her birth country for the first time since her adoption.