By Larry Kane
Produced by Timothy McLaughlin

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — At 19, Mike is older than most of the young people we highlight on Wednesday’s Child.

But, like the younger children, he still wants a family.

“I think having a family is important because you can always go to them, to depend on them and trust them, and they’ll be with you all the time when you’re going through something,” he says.

Mike loves playing basketball with his friends, reading comic books, and cooking.  He says he’d even like to go to culinary school.

With so many interests and his career path in mind, Gloria Hochman of the National Adoption Center, based in Philadelphia, says Mike needs a different kind of support than younger children.

“You’re not shaping a child in the same way that you would when he’s much younger,” Hochman explains, “but you are giving him the supports and the structure that he needs to realize who he is and who he wants to be.”

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

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