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My name is Robert. I’m
11
years old.

Robert enjoys playing sports, particularly basketball. He likes to play games - some of his favorites are Uno and Phase 10. Robert also enjoys telling jokes, coloring, doing puzzles and (when he is given the chance to do so) reading quietly. He is a charming and social youngster. Before he is willing to to open up to someone, he needs to get to know them and get comfortable. He appears to be adored by most of the adults in his life. He will need an caring family who will be committed to helping him reach his potential.

Learn more about Robert

My favorite hobbies are:
playing card games, coloring and basketball outside.
When I grow up:
I am unsure what I want to be.
I'm happiest when:
I am talking with my friends, I earn a special privilege or when I can interact with animals from PAWS Pet Therapy.
What I'm looking for in a family:
one that will love me and care for me.
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My name is Aphrodite. I’m
18
years old.

Aphrodite is full of youthful exuberance. She is a friendly young lady who loves Disney and all things "Frozen". She enjoys hearing and sharing the words, music, and dances from that very popular film. Aphrodite can be found imitating scenes from the movie as she sings and dances around her room. A new interest has begun to bloom, fashion, so shopping has become another favorite pastime. Aphrodite is doing well in school. As Aphrodite looks to the future her hopes are to have a family to care for her and to a pet that she can care for. She needs a family who can provide her with unconditional love, patience and security.

Learn more about Aphrodite

My favorite hobbies are:
watching Disney movies and shopping.
When I grow up:
I am unsure of what I want to be just yet.
I'm happiest when:
I'm able to watch Frozen! I love to sing along with the songs!
What I'm looking for in a family:
a family that will love me unconditionally.
Ask About Aphrodite

Wednesday's Child Philadelphia

Testimonial: 

Sofia is a young woman with bubbly personality and this year she found her forever family.

For a time she was living in a foster home with a family who provided her with stability and love, yet Sofia struggled to excel in school and overcome her personal complications. Her adoption team searched her network to identify adults that knew her, who could become her forever family. These searches proved fruitless, so the professionals turned to our services to identify qualified resources for Sofia.

Through one of these services, a family saw Sofia and wanted more information. After resolving some complications, this family was matched with Sofia and after a long awaited journey, they were able to proceed with a placement and eventually an adoption.

Sofia now excels in school. Her personal challenges have been addressed and overcome due to dedication and love of her forever family. #NAM2016 #NationalAdoptionMonth

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Sofia is a young woman with bubbly personality and this year she found her forever family.
For a time she was living in a foster home with a family who provided her with stability and love, yet Sofia struggled to excel in school and overcome her personal complications. Her adoption team searched her network to identify adults that knew her, who could become her forever family. These searches proved fruitless, so the professionals turned to our services to identify qualified resources for Sofia.
Through one of these services, a family saw Sofia and wanted more information. After resolving some complications, this family was matched with Sofia and after a long awaited journey, they were able to proceed with a placement and eventually an adoption.
Sofia now excels in school. Her personal challenges have been addressed and overcome due to the dedication and love of her forever family. #NAM2016 #NationalAdoptionMonth

Wednesday's Child Philadelphia Success Story

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In January 2015 on Wednesday's Child we featured a shy, 11 year old boy named John. John loved baseball and was searching for his forever family.

Around the same time that the segment was shot, Jim and Jose were finalizing the adoption of their son Brandon. They talked to their social worker about the possibility of expanding their family, and she suggested they watch that week’s Wednesday’s Child segment – when John would be airing. Jim later said that he knew the minute they saw the segment that John was meant to be part of the family.

Soon Jim and Jose were officially matched with John and visitations began. Jim and Jose now share many great stories about the process of becoming parents to 2 boys. Jim speaks of their determination to become parents to children living in the foster care system. No matter the length of time needed to complete the process, they felt called to this role. Jose tells of the the profound amount of joy his sons bring to the family.

From the son's point of view, John says that he loves belonging to the family, but that it was weird at first. He did say that as soon as he settled in, he knew this was his home.

If you think you could offer the love and support to a child in the foster care system or are just interested in learning more about the process, please contact us at the National Adoption Center.
#NationalAdoptionMonth

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In January 2015 on Wednesday's Child we featured a shy, 11 year old boy named John. John loved baseball and was searching for his forever family.

Around the same time that the segment was shot, Jim and Jose were finalizing the adoption of their son Brandon. They talked to their social worker about the possibility of expanding their family, and she suggested they watch that week’s Wednesday’s Child segment – when John would be airing. Jim later said that he knew the minute they saw the segment that John was meant to be part of the family.

My name is Joshua. I’m
14
years old.

Joshua is excellent at solving computer problems. Once you get to know him, you will see that you have a forever IT expert. He is often found surfing the web on his iPad. Aside from being a technological expert, Joshua enjoys participating in swim and music lessons. He instrument of choice is the drums. Academically he does well in a small classroom setting. He is very passionate about anything relating to science, for example, he loves learning about dinosaurs and sea creatures. Recently Joshua earned three school achievement awards. He holds these awards in high regard and hopes to continue to work toward more successes.

Learn more about Joshua

My favorite hobbies are:
anything dealing with technology. I also enjoy studying ocean life.
When I grow up:
I want to be a chef!
I'm happiest when:
I am talking to people about science, and sharing all of my fun facts about sea creatures!
What I'm looking for in a family:
support and love.
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My name is Shantell. I’m
17
years old.

Shantell is a sweet and talkative young lady. She loves to laugh and has a great sense of humor. She enjoys socializing with her peers and like any typical teen she spends a lot of time on her phone and tablet. She is has an easy-going personality and likes to please everyone around her. She enjoys watching television -- Family Feud is one of her favorite shows. She likes attending school and reading. Shantell loves to be at the center of attention as much as possible.

Learn more about Shantell

My favorite hobbies are:
reading, using social media, camping and watching TV.
When I grow up:
I want to be a nurse.
I'm happiest when:
I am talking to my siblings.
What I'm looking for in a family:
a family who is able who is able to provide me a forever family.
Ask About Shantell
My name is Symar. I’m
18
years old.

Symar wanted to tell his own story– these are his words…

Hey! I’m Symar, and I just love talking. My favorite thing to talk about is celebrity gossip, but I also like to talk about socioeconomic issues, bullying, and sometimes politics. I would describe myself as confident, determined, intelligent, and focused.
I like video games, watching TV, and listening to music. If I could listen to music all day, I would. My worker is always surprised at how many lyrics I know when we’re listening to the radio. It usually takes me 2 or 3 plays to know all the lyrics because the music I listen to is very catchy.. I am a singer and I write my own songs. One of my other interests is fashion. I love putting outfits together for myself and for other people. I would describe my style as fun and edgy. Most of my fashion inspiration is from Cosmopolitan. One of my aspirations is to become a fashion stylist. I’m also interested in cosmetology.
I like going to school for both academic and social reasons. My favorite subject is History because we are learning about past presidents and the current presidential campaign and election. I also like learning about science, but I don’t like math. I’m still deciding if I’d like to go to college and the types of jobs I’d want. I like trying new things and challenging myself.

I would prefer a family with a single mom, but I’m open to other families too. I would like a family who spends a lot of time together, and enjoys conversations about funny and serious topics. I would like to do movie nights at home, and to go camping for the first time. I would also like to cook together as a family, but I’m not very good at chopping onions.

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My favorite hobbies are:
dancing, anything music related, talking with my friends, video games, watching TV.
When I grow up:
to help other people
I'm happiest when:
I am dancing!
What I'm looking for in a family:
A family who will love me for me.
Ask About Symar
My name is Isaiah. I’m
18
years old.

There are people in this world that when you meet them you are forever changed, Isaiah is one of those people. A smiling, kind, teen who has a more mature outlook on life than most adults do.

He was asked if he had 3 wishes what would they be and he replied with some great wishes: 1. Wants to whole world to be calm and peaceful. He desires everyone to get along and there would be no fighting or people shooting others. 2.There would be no such thing as money because it causes too many problems. 3. Wishes Rap music did not exist as it causes more problems and the themes are all about drugs, violence and other bad stuff.

He does well in school and enjoys reading and science. He explained he likes all sports, but especially enjoys martial arts and skating.

Learn more about Isaiah

My favorite hobbies are:
sports, but not the typical sports. I like bowling, karate, roller skating, and hiking.
When I grow up:
I want to have a job that helps kids in foster care. I want to be able to help kids that are going through a hard time, since I have faced a lot of hard times, I think I would be really good at it.
I'm happiest when:
I am around other people. I like to laugh, talk, and goof around with friends.
What I'm looking for in a family:
I want a family who will be committed to me no matter what. I have had too many people give up on me, and I want a family to stick with me.
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My name is Erika. I’m
12
years old.

Meet Erika, a sweet, friendly, always smiling girl. She loves school. She explained that she enjoys learning new things and being around her peers. She has a lot of friends, and enjoys being outside, dancing, and playing football. Erika has many dreams for the future. She says that she wants to fly with a jet pack, be a professional singer or dancer, become a nurse, open a daycare or be a mechanic! Her interests are very typical for her age - she loves Beyoncé, candy and staying active.

Learn more about Erika

My favorite hobbies are:
dancing, singing and playing football!
When I grow up:
I want to be a professional singer, dancer, nurse, open a daycare, or become a mechanic! Good thing I am young, and have time to narrow this down :)
I'm happiest when:
I am active. I just love to be out doing something- whether it is dancing, playing with friends, or playing a sport- I just like to stay busy!
What I'm looking for in a family:
a loving, structured family- and I would love to have siblings!
Ask About Erika

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