Tuesday's Child: Rashad and Vai Sikahema

Rashad recently enjoyed a day with NBC10’s Vai Sikahema at an arcade where they shared their skills at basketball and skeet-ball, and talked about the kind of family Rashad dreams of. — PHOTO: SUBMITTED

Dec. 25 is a special day for Rashad, not only because it’s Christmas — it’s also his birthday.

There is no gift that would make Rashad happier than to learn that there is a family interested in adopting him. Even at 16, Rashad hasn’t given up hope that he will soon be part of a family that will be his forever.

This “cool,” polite and caring teenager has so much to bring to a family. In 11th grade, he continues to rack up a sterling academic record. He entered school this year on the honor roll with five As and three Bs. He earned a 100 in science, his favorite subject, and a 98 in math, his least favorite, showing how determination and finely-honed study habits can lead to success.

Rashad recently enjoyed a day with NBC10’s Vai Sikahema at an arcade where they shared their skills at basketball and skeet-ball, and talked about the kind of family Rashad dreams of. Hopefully, there would be younger siblings and maybe a pet or two.

Hesays he hopes for parents that will encourage his interest in parasitology (study of parasites) or pathology, two careers he is considering. He describes himself as an introvert, but would love to play video games and watch cartoons with siblings. His favorite is “The Amazing World of Gumball.”

Adolescence is a critical time in a child’s development; the guidance and nourishment he receives from parents who love him unconditionally can make all the difference in the path he pursues and the kind of adult he becomes.

Contrary to popular thinking, a prospective adopter does not need a lot of money to adopt and does not need to own his/her own home. The main requirement is boundless love to give a child who yearns, as all children do, for security and stability.

For more information about Rashad or other children who wait to be adopted contact Sarah Marino smarino@adopt.org or (267) 443-1872. Visit the Adoption Center’s at www.adopt.org and Meet the Children.

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