Over more than three decades, retiring anchor Jay Hildebrandt has done hundreds of reports on children in foster care waiting to be adopted into loving homes. The feature is called “Wednesday’s Child.” After seeing the children on television, many viewers over the years were touched and ended up adopting the child.
In his final Wednesday’s Child report November 20, Hildebrandt featured some of those success stories.
Back in 1985 Kimberly was Hildebrandt’s first Wednesday's Child in foster care hoping to be adopted into a loving family. She told Hildebrandt she just wanted a family that would be, "nice, kind, like me."
A family in Salmon saw her on Wednesday's Child and adopted her.
"She looked cute. I knew she'd fit in because of animals and stuff," her adoptive mom said. “We love her. She’s been a real joy.”
"It's kind of nice to have a home," Kimberly said.
Scott was a little boy who didn't smile much when Hildebrandt first met him.
"Would you like to be adopted into a family?" Hildebrandt asked.
"Yeah, because I want one because I'm sometimes lonely," Scott replied.
The next time Hildebrandt saw Scott he was all smiles. He was with his adoptive family.
"I know that they love me," he said.
Teenage girl Kelly was adopted after a family in Inkom saw her on Wednesday’s Child.
"I never thought it was going to change for me, but it did. I have a better life than I did last time I was on Wednesday’s Child,” Kelly said.
Another adoptive mom describes how she felt when she saw Kenny on TV.
"I got chills and it brought tears to my eyes. Hey this one's it," she said.
"I think it would be absolutely amazing if there's a real family out there that cared for me and doesn't care for other stuff that shouldn't belong in this world," 14-year-old Cassie told Hildebrandt in her Wednesday’s Child interview.
He reconnected with Cassie almost ten years later after he learned she'd been adopted by a loving family who saw her on Wednesday's Child.
"I think what you guys are doing is absolutely amazing - finding kid's homes and I just want to thank you for giving me that opportunity," Cassie said.
For adoption information about waiting children in Idaho go to idahowednesdayschild.org.
You can also find more waiting children from throughout the Northwest at nwae.org.