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My name is Tayana. I’m
17
years old.

Tayana is a sweet, lovable, outgoing girl who enjoys talking about a variety of subjects. Shopping is one of her favorite pastimes and she delights in getting the best price for the merchandise. Another interest is arts and crafts. Her most recent purchases are origami and beading kits. Tayana loves having her nails done and her hair styled in braids. If Tayana could do whatever she wanted for a day, she would go shopping, have her hair done and create an arts and crafts item. Tayana describes herself as a positive person who likes helping others and often puts others before herself. She wants to be able to help and feed people who are homeless and hungry. Her career plans include becoming a doctor, a lawyer or a psychologist. Always interested in learning new things, Tayana enjoys going to school. Math is her favorite subject.

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My favorite hobbies are:
shopping!! I love a good bargain!
When I grow up:
I want to be a doctor, lawyer or psychologist!
I'm happiest when:
I am shopping!
What I'm looking for in a family:
older siblings, pets and a lot of love!
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My name is Franklin. I’m
19
years old.

Franklin admits that he is shy with people he doesn’t know very well. “But after I get to know them, I’m relaxed and can be myself,” he says. “I’m kind, nice and funny and have a dry sense of humor.” Franklin looks forward to shopping for clothes. “I like to look good. I prefer to be dressed up rather than dressed casually,” he notes. But if he must dress casually, he prefers attire relating to sports teams. “If I can get everything to match, that’s the best thing! Who doesn’t like to look good? For Christmas I always ask for a lot of team clothes.” Franklin enjoys going to school. He earns good grades and has many friends. He says all his teachers are nice and one of them buys the students a present when they do well.

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My favorite hobbies are:
cooking, shopping, and fashion
When I grow up:
I want to be a chef
I'm happiest when:
I am with people
What I'm looking for in a family:
to be loved and supported!
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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.

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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.

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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

Testimonial: 

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
18
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.

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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

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