By Larry Kane
Produced by Timothy McLaughlin

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Je’Liyah has a lot of spirit!  She’s a cheerleader, and she wants to meet professional cheerleaders some day.

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But this 12-year-old is serious about her future.

(Kane:)  “What do you want to be when you grow up?”
(Je’Liyah:)  “A lawyer.”
(Kane:)  “Why a lawyer?”
(Je’Liyah:) “I love to help justice.”
(Kane:)  “So, if I’m in trouble, you’re going to help me?”
(Je’Liyah:) “Yes.”
(Kane:)  “What if I’m in big trouble?”
(Je’Liyah:)  “I’m still going to help.”

And when it comes to a permanent family, she knows what she’s looking for:

“A loving family, an honest family, caring heart.”

Gloria Hochman, of the National Adoption Center, based in Philadelphia, says Je’Liyah needs help breaking out of her shell.

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“Je’Liyah is a little shy, but once she gets to know people she warms up. And it’s important that she have a home with a mom and a dad and other children that might be close to her age in the home,” Hochman notes.


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

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