By Larry Kane
Produced by Timothy McLaughlin

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — For a 17-year-old, Antanaya has no problem opening up about her emotions, evident in the very personal story she told us about why she wants to be a nurse:

“I love helping people because, since I’ve been living with my grandma for a long time, I helped my grandpop before he passed.   And it was, like, really hard and tough for him.  But I like to help other people, too — a lot of people.  I just like helping people.”

Antanaya also loves dancing and writing poetry to express her feelings.  And she has a very specific vision of her “forever” family.

“I would like a family that has one or two mothers, that has kids that are my age, pets.  And, I would like a family that cares for me — a family that loves me for who I am, not who I want to be,” she says.

Most important for Antanaya, says Gloria Hochman of the National Adoption Center, based in Philadelphia, is a support system.

“Antanaya, who is 17, really wants a family and would really benefit from having a family that would be there for her,” Hochman tells KYW Newsradio.  “She needs a family that will support her in the ambitions that she has.”

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

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