By Larry Kane

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Ten-year-old Kareem is very outspoken, and he has no problem tooting his own horn.

“I’m terrific, smart, I’m helpful,” he says matter-of-factly.  “And if anybody asks what I want to be when I grow up, the answer is a firefighter.”

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(KYW’s Larry Kane.)

And he thinks would fit right in with any loving, permanent family.

“I would love to have a family that would spend time with me, take me places -– like to the firehouse or to the beach or to the park,” Kareem says.  “(A family) that will love me, care for me.”

Gloria Hochman, of the National Adoption Center in Philadelphia, says Kareem needs a family who can help him accomplish his dreams.

“He’s a bright, energetic little boy,” she tells KYW Newsradio.  “What he really needs is a family — a family that will love him and care about him. He came right out and said, ‘I want someone to adopt me.’  It’s difficult for a child to say that.”

For more information about adopting Kareem or any other child, go to the National Adoption Center’s  web site,, or call 215-735-9988.

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