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Wednesday’s Child: Semaj and Malik

(Credit: Tim McLaughlin)

(Credit: Tim McLaughlin)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Eight-year-old Malik and six-year-old Semaj are brothers, and
like any pair of siblings, they have their disagreements.

(Larry Kane:)  “Do you love your brother?”
(Semaj:)  “Yes.  No.”
(Larry:)  “How about you, do you love your brother?”
(Malik:)   “Yes.”
(Semaj:)  “I hate him.”

(Larry:)  “Do you keep him up at night?”
(Semaj:)  “Yes.”
(Malik:)  “Uh, no.”
(Connie Pinero:)  “Do you ever agree on anything?”

(Semaj:)  “Oh, no!”
(Malik:)  “Yes.”

But joking aside, these two boys care a lot about each other, which is why Malik says they want to be adopted together.

(Malik:)  “So that I could take care of him.”

And their social worker, Connie Pinero, says they belong together.

“You know, they have their brotherly love down to a science (chuckles), but ultimately they’re really good together,” says Pinero.  “You know, they look out for each other, they have fun.”

Gloria Hochman of the National Adoption Center, based in Philadelphia, says these two need each other right now and definitely will in the future, too.

“Malik and Semaj have each other. They need to continue to have each other and stay together.  It’s important to find a family that’s willing to take them both, because that’s all they have and it needs to be nurtured,” Hochman says.

For more information, go to the web site of the Adoption Center of Delaware Valley, ACDV.org.

Reported by Larry Kane, KYW Newsradio 1060
Produced by Tim McLaughlin

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