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Wednesday’s Child: Yesali

By Larry Kane
Produced by Timothy McLaughlin

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Yesali is a compassionate 11-year-old who loves animals.

“A very imaginative young lady,” says her social worker, Karen Knodel.  “There are times when she climbs trees she likes to pretend she’s a monkey.  She can do some incredible monkey sounds.”

(KYW's Larry Kane)

(KYW’s Larry Kane)

(Yesali makes monkey sounds)

And Yesali says she can’t wait to spend a day at the zoo with a permanent family.

“We’d look at the tigers, monkeys, the birds, and the pigs…”

Knodel, the social worker, says Yesali would fit in with a committed, loving family:  “She likes to be helpful.  She likes to cook with her foster mom.”

What would she like to cook?

(Yesali:)  “Brownies, chocolate cake, and ice cream!”

Gloria Hochman, of the National Adoption Center, based in Philadelphia, says more than anything else Yesali needs a permanent family.

“She would love to have a family that allows her to express her love of animals and own them.  She’s love to have a turtle as well as a cat.  And most important, she wants to have a forever family,” Hochman says.

For more information about adopting Yesali or any other “Wednesday’s Child,” go to the National Adoption Center’s web site,, or call 215-735-9988.

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