WEDNESDAY'S CHILD

Wednesday’s Child: Sisters Mary And Nika Hope To Be Adopted Together

Mar 31, 2021, 1:48 PM | Updated: Jun 23, 2021, 12:50 pm

DRAPER, Utah – One thing Utah siblings Mary and Nika have in common is music; 16-year-old Mary loves pop, and 14-year-old Nika loves rock.

“Hey Mary, Justin Beiber might see this,” teases Nika as Mary sits down for an interview with KSL TV.

“Wait, Justin Bieber might see this?” Mary responds with shock and excitement.

The sisters are good at teasing each other, and they are also good at supporting one another. Mary has always dreamed of being a cheerleader, and so when Dynasty Athletics in Draper invited the sisters for a visit and one-on-one coaching, Nika was happy to make the trip.

“Being here today meant a lot to me because this is where I’ve been trying to get to my whole life,” says Mary.

Mary is an outgoing teen who loves to be involved. She is currently in 10th grade and starting to think about college.

“My dream school right now that I want to go to is UCLA. I’ve had that since I was a kid,” says Mary.

Nika, whose legal name is Annelise, is also thinking about the future. She loves school, especially math, and wants to graduate early and focus on one day working for the FBI.

“I really want to go into some part of law enforcement,” says Nika.

After living apart in foster care, the sisters were recently reunited They hope to be adopted together.

“One time when she wasn’t around, I got really upset and cried,” says Mary.

“There are a lot of times I’m not around. We were separated just until this February,” adds Nika.

Mary and Nika would thrive in a family with two parents, and the pair say they would love siblings and pets. More than anything, though, they just hope to be loved and treated as equals.

“I want compassion, I want communication, I want understanding, I want to be heard,” says Nika.

“I want someone that is willing to take care of us,” adds Mary.

To read more about Mary and Nika visit their profile at Raise the Future.org.

For more information, contact Raise the Future at 801-265-0444 or go to raisethefuture.org.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Wednesday's Child

...
Shara Park

Wednesday’s Child: Amen looking for active, engaged family to help him navigate school

On this week's Wednesday's Child, we introduce you to Amen, a 15-year-old boy who, when you first meet him, may hide his true personality inside. But once you get to know him, you'll see what a kind and funny young man he is.
3 months ago
Chevy with his family, Brian and Jen....
Shara Park

Wednesday’s Child: Chevy, who dreams of becoming a game designer, has found his new home

In this week's Wednesday's Child, we follow up with Chovy, who has found his forever home with a new family and getting ready for college.
3 months ago
16-year-old Ayden at Red Butte Garden....
Shara Park

Wednesday’s Child: Ayden hopes to be an author

For this week's Wednesday's Child, 16-year-old Ayden is looking for a family to encourage him to reach his goal of writing imaginative stories.
4 months ago
Kaleb, 19, poses for a picture with the famous Kosmoceratops at the Natural History Museum of Utah....
Shara Park

Wednesday’s Child: 19-year-old Kaleb dreams of being a paleontologist, hopes to be adopted

Children over the age of 18 make up a small percentage of Utahns living in foster care, but it’s this age group that desperately need a family connection as they enter their next phase of life. Kaleb, 19, is one of those young adults who is getting ready for college and hopefully a career in paleontology.
4 months ago
Kila at the Utah’s Hogle Zoo feeding the elephants....
Shara Park

Wednesday Child: Kila wants to help other foster kids when she grows up

For this week's Wednesday's Child, we learn more about 17-year-old Kila as she wants to help other children in the foster system after her experiences.
5 months ago
...
Shara Park

Wednesday’s Child: Angel wants to have a forever family as she becomes a teenager

Angel, short for Angela, turns 13 this summer and she doesn’t want to spend her next birthday in foster care. She’s been living in foster care since 2017.
5 months ago

Sponsored Articles

Hand turning a thermostat knob to increase savings by decreasing energy consumption. Composite imag...
Lighting Design

5 Lighting Tips to Save Energy and Money in Your Home

Advances in lighting technology make it easier to use smart features to cut costs. Read for tips to save energy by using different lighting strategies in your home.
Portrait of smiling practitioner with multi-ethnic senior people...
Summit Vista

How retirement communities help with healthy aging

There are many benefits that retirement communities contribute to healthy aging. Learn more about how it can enhance your life, or the life of your loved ones.
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to choose what MBA program is right for you: Ask these questions before you apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Cloud storage technology with 3d rendering drawer with files in cloud...
PC Laptops

How backing up your computer can help you relieve stress

Don't wait for something bad to happen before backing up your computer. Learn how to protect your data before disaster strikes.
young woman with stickers on laptop computer...
Les Olson

7 ways print marketing materials can boost your business

Custom print marketing materials are a great way to leave an impression on clients or customers. Read for a few ideas to spread the word about your product or company.
young woman throwing clothes to organize a walk in closet...
Lighting Design

How to organize your walk-in closet | 7 easy tips to streamline your storage today

Read our tips to learn how to organize your walk-in closet for more storage space. These seven easy tips can help you get the most out of your space.
Wednesday’s Child: Sisters Mary And Nika Hope To Be Adopted Together