Before we get to this month's Wednesday's Child I want to let you know some important facts about adoption in West Virginia. It costs you no money to adopt a child and actually the state pays you to love a child for life.
You get a monthly stipend until the child turns 18 and his or her medical costs are completely covered by the state. His or her college education is also taken care of if that's the route they choose to go.
The young siblings your about to meet are definitely headed in that direction. They have a head on their shoulders that really makes them wiser than what there ages tell.
We head to Ripley's Parchment Valley to meet C.J. and Jalenna.
"Hey sis, come here!"
Sis is Jalenna, her brother is C.J. and these two are inseparable!
"He's fun to wrestle with," says Jalenna getting a ball from her brother.
Jalenna is C.J's older brother. She 13 he's 10.
Both are just kids, but their life experiences, some of them troubling, have them really looking forward to being an adult.
Jalenna has her career path paved as an attorney representing children.
"I like helping kids because some kids go through some of the things I've been going through. It's easy to tell them I know what you are going through."
Getting through the bad times and enjoying the good ones gets this pair through the ups and downs. Right now they're focused on a fun-filled day and what matters most in their daily lives.
"Gym, recess and lunch," according to spunky little C.J.
"I like talking on the phone, hanging out with friends," says Jalenna a third grader.
But when we got to the real reason for this story, looking for a well-rounded family to fit these kids’ needs, that's when Jalenna broke down.
"Sometimes it's hard, you know? You don't have a mom to lean on when you're hurting and not able to do a lot of things you want to."
When asked, "But you have to hope that one day you and your brother will get placed, right?" Jalenna replied, "Yeah."
I then asked here, "Is that what you always just look forward too?"
"Yeah, I look forward to getting a new life cause that's something I always want, a good life."
And this brother and sister sure do deserve it!
For more information on C.J. and Jalenna log onto www.adoptawvchild.org. If you want to find out more by phone call toll-free, 1-866-255-5698.
And finally, if you're interested in adoption in Ohio, you can call your county children's services office. That number in Washington County is 740-373-3485.
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