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.
With the adoption finalization on November 19, 2014, Liz and Stanley Ranko began a new chapter in their lives as they became the official parents to 5-year-old Angelina.
After experiencing a lot of sleepless nights, stress, and waiting, the family describes that day as being very surreal.
“We had her since she was 5-days-old, and knowing that she was finally ours felt like a huge relief,” said Liz.
The Rankos saw adoption as a wonderful way to build a family. Angelina adds plenty of joy to their lives as she is described as outgoing and loves putting a smile on her mom’s face.
A typical week for the family includes attending afterschool programs, Angelina making dinner with her dad, and doing arts and crafts activities.
The Rankos also enjoy taking family vacations as they have already made trips to San Diego, Cape Cod, Sea World, and the Poconos.
So what’s next for this fun-loving family? They are gearing up to celebrate Angelina’s 6th birthday at a party complete with a “Fudgie the Whale” cake.
Currently still fostering to adopt another child, Liz advises other families considering adoption to be in it for the long haul.
“Do it for the children, they need families,” she says.
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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 www.davethomasfoundation.org