By Larry Kane
Produced by Timothy McLaughlin

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — At 15, Jannean has a sense of extraordinary responsibility. She wants to go into the military and is already part of ROTC.

“Well, I wanted to be in the military since I was, like, 11,” she says.  “That was my biggest inspiration to make it to high school: that I could be in ROTC.  Right now I’m an E-5, which is a petty officer, second class.”

She still has a while to go before she decides between her top two choices — the Army or the Marines — but she says they all inspire her.

“They’re like celebrities to me.  When I see them, I always want to ask them for their autograph. I’m so tempted!”

Plus, she’s a history buff, with a particular interest in World War II.

Gloria Hochman, of the National Adoption Center, based in Philadelphia, says Jannean is very goal-oriented.

“She cares very deeply about others, she enjoys helping other people, and she wants a family that would be loving and caring and supportive of her,” Hochman tells Wednesday’s Child.


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

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