PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL -- The holidays are a time for family and for children. This year has special meaning for a little girl. I featured Tamesha on a "Thursday's Child" segment last year. We were trying to find a “Forever Family” for Tamseha. I recently paid her another visit. This time with her new family.
It's Christmas in the Williams household. Mom Vickie is putting finishing touches on the tree and being helped by Tamesha...her daughter...her nine-year old adopted daughter.
It took six years and a little help from Newschannel Five for Tamesha to find her "Forever Family". She now has seven brothers and sisters.
Vickie has known Tamesha since she was three. Tamehsa’s biological mother was a friend of one of Vickie's daughters.
In fact, at one point Vickie took care of Tamesha for about nine months when her Mom couldn't.
Tamesha wound up back in state care and became available for adoption.
That's when Vickie lost track of her.
It was 13 months ago when I first met Tamesha, profiling her on "Thursday's Child" trying to find a family she could love and grow up with.
We spent our time together that day at "City Place" in West Palm Beach getting to know each other and sampling some ice cream.
I asked her then what she wanted more than anything in the whole world. At the top of her list was to have a good family.
Vickie was watching TV that night. It was the first time she had seen Tamesha in four years. She said,
"Channel 5 news and we all got excited and my girls said "Mom, get her, get her. get her, Mom. And I said OK. I'll go get her." And she did.
The adoption was finalized November 14th, 2008.
Tamesha is fitting in nicely. Said Vickie Williams,
"When I first got Tamesha, they told me she had all kinds of problems, you know, had a lot of problems at school and I haven't been to the school house not one day."
As for Tamesha, she is a young lady of few words. No matter. it is her beautiful smile that tells the story of her happiness.
Last year her wish was to have a good family.
This year this former "Thursday's Child" does.
While Tamesha has her "Forever Family", there are many other children who are still looking for theirs.
To find out how to become a foster or adoptive family, go to our web channel, WPTV.com, and click on the links.
There you will also find information about how to volunteer for the "Guardian Ad Litem" program to become a voice on behalf of abused and neglected children .
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