While Kalisha always has me and her siblings, she is very fortunate to have other adults in her life who genuinely care about her. I think it is a great blessing and I thank God for these people.
People who are not related to her and are not her consultants or therapists and have no reason to "have" to like her, make her feel special and build her self confidence. Plus, they introduce her to different situations and ways of looking at things and different topics of conversation. (Sometimes, our conversations become a bit stale, because we talk about the same topics over and over.)
Obviously, you have to be discerning about which adults you allow your child to go with or associate with, but I think you can tell by their interaction with your child or young adult.
I want to tell you about some people in Kalisha's life, who are not related to her. A couple at our church, Carl and Marilyn are great! They have invited Kalisha to go bike riding with them and taken her out to eat. One evening, Marilyn called and asked if Kalisha would be Carl's date for a baseball game because she had to work late. Carl picked her up and several hours later, brought her home, with some souvenirs she had asked for. Later, I asked Kalisha about the game. She described the tables of food, and the glass windows where they sat, etc. I was totally unaware that they were going to Carl's annual business outing in the box seats. I was amazed and so impressed with Carl that he would take Kalisha and introduce her to his business associates. There are many people at church who make Kalisha feel important. Of course, there are many who try hard to avoid her, also.