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An Intern's Perspective

My name is Anna Coleman and I am currently a graduate student at Eastern University. As a grad student finding the time to do anything other than school work can be a pretty difficult task. Therefore during my summer breaks I try and take advantage of my new-found free time. Instead of spending the summer on a beach like I had planned to do, I was required to spend my summer elsewhere. Despite the fact that I couldn’t spend my summer as I had hoped, I found this "something else" to be much more rewarding. For the past six weeks I’ve been working as a program intern for the National Adoption Center.  Although my time here has been brief, I have found this organization to be instrumental in changing the lives of others.

Last week I had the opportunity to attend a Wednesday’s Child taping of a sibling group of three. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Wednesday’s Child, it features children who are waiting to be adopted by loving families. The two tapings that I attended were done by NBC10 and KYW Newsradio. Each taping serves the same purpose: to create a feature profiling each child or sibling group. NBC10 features children with a television segment and KYW Newsradio features children with a radio interview segment. The first taping was for KYW Newsradio. When the kids arrived they seemed pretty nervous, but who can blame them? As a child, if I walked into a room full of adult strangers, I’d be nervous too. But Larry Kane, being the professional he is got the children to open up and talk about what they like to do for fun and what family means to them.

Things seemed too lighten up when we arrived at Arnold’s Fun Center to do the taping for NBC10. Although they seemed shy at first, they really opened up while at the Fun Center. You could not keep these three from smiling. They rode go karts, played some arcade games, and they even had enough time to get a game of laser tag in. All three kids really seemed to enjoy themselves. I know they say that a picture is worth a thousand words but actually being in the moment is worth so much more. These kids were taped in the moment being exactly who they are, kids! No masks, no facades, just their genuine selves. Which at the end of the day, what more could you ask for? Three fun loving kids looking for a forever family, and if anyone deserves it, it’s them.