By Larry Kane
Produced by Timothy McLaughlin

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Twelve-year-old Taniyah, asked to describe her makeup, says, “I have grey eye shadow on, I have black eye liner on, and mascara.”

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Taniyah says she wants to be a cosmetologist when she grows up.

Her social worker, Kia Medley-Stephens, says Taniyah is careful about her appearance.

“When I see her, she is always experimenting with her makeup and her clothing, and has bows in her hair and her fingernails painted,” Medley-Stephens says.

But it’s not all fun and games. Taniyah works hard at school, even when she doesn’t like a particular subject.

“I don’t have a favorite subject,” she admits.

(Larry Kane:)  “But you do well even if you don’t like a subject?”

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“I’m still going to do it,” she replies cheerfully.

But one class perks her up.

“Actually in my school right now, we do have cosmetology,” she says.

It’s the first step toward a promising career. But she needs a permanent family to help get her there.

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

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