Adoptable children aren't always babies and toddlers. In fact, it takes guts as a teenager to stand up and say, "I still want to be adopted." That's the case with this week's Wednesday's Child.
The Atomic Testing Museum on UNLV's campus was the perfect place to meet John. He's the guy in the red shirt. You'll meet the other young man in next week's Wed's Child.
John got quite an education here. He likes hands-on science stuff, and is naturally inquisitive.
"Yeah, he's very intelligent very personable, very charismatic," says Constance, an adoption recruiter for the Division of Family Services -- a Clark County agency.
She also says John is pretty honest about why he wants to be adopted.
"Because my parents weren't the right kind of people, so, yeah, I want to get new parents, so that way I can be happy again," says John.
Constance says John needs a positive male role model.
"Strong male leadership. A dad -- a take-charge dad." she adds.
John wants to be a lawyer when he grows up, and he shared other secrets about himself with me, "I'm a good guy, I like being funny, um, I pretty much like all people's cooking, because I like food," he admits with a smile.
Especially, "I like fettucini alfredo," he says sheepishly.
But besides that, John would like to just be loved.
"Well, if I had a wish-book, I would like the kind of parents that really cared for you. They're not really strict, they're good cookers -- loving parents," John says.
"Male leadership, strong male leadership, a dad that just spend a lot of time with him. He likes sports, he loves sports and whether it's the mom or the dad. A good cook -- he likes to eat, he loves food," says Constance, underscoring what John says.
John is free and clear for adoption. This is not a tough order but it does take some preparation and some paperwork.
To get started with the process call the Adoption Exchange today at 436-6335. They'll have answers for you. Thanks to our Community Pride Partners for supporting Wednesday's Child.