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Wednesday's Child

Wednesday's Child is a part of the Dave Thomas Foundation's national campaign to increase adoptions of children in foster care. Each Wednesday (and again on Sunday mornings), a child in foster care who is waiting for a loving, adoptive home is profiled during the evening news on WNBC 4.



Raydell, 18, wants to become a social worker so no child ever feels alone. A self-described outgoing advocate, Raydell is passionate about speaking up for herself and other children in foster care. One day, Raydell says, she wants to help children and become Commissioner of Children’s Services.

Currently in the 11th grade, Raydell’s favorite class is English because it gives her the opportunity to write as much as possible. “Writing allows me to visualize on paper how I am feeling on the inside,” she says.

A few of her other interests include cooking Caribbean food, watching basketball and dancing.

Raydell was in for a special treat during her Wednesday’s Child film shoot at the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater in Manhattan. At Alvin Ailey, she not only embraced the rhythm of West African dance, but also learned the symbolism behind each step.

As Raydell sees many of her dreams realized, her ultimate wish is to be part of a family that will welcome her into their hearts and home.

“I want a family that will accept me for me and treat me like I’m one of their own,” said Raydell.

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Wednesday's Child TV Schedule

Wednesdays between 5:30-6:00 p.m.
Sundays between 6:00-7:00 a.m.

About Wednesday's Child

Wednesday's Child is hosted by NBC meteorologist Janice Huff, who encourages viewers to call the ACS Parent Recruitment Hotline at 212-676-WISH to learn more about the adoption process.

Wednesday’s Child is an award-winning program began in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area in 1992 which features children who are waiting in foster care to be adopted and success stories of families who have adopted from foster care. Because of its phenomenal success, the program was expanded to other cities around the country. In April 1999 Wednesday's Child started in New York City as a collaboration between WNBC 4 and Freddie Mac Foundation. Since January 1, 2014 the Dave Thomas Foundation has sponsored Wednesday’s Child. For more information, visit the Dave Thomas Foundation website at

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