"Very caring, friendly and energetic" are words frequently used to describe 11-year-old Aliyah. She loves to sing and watch television. Like many other preteens, her favorite program is

Hannah Montana

. Aliyah also enjoys listening to rhythm and blues and hip-hop music. Pizza is her favorite food.

Aliyah likes going to school, where she is enrolled in the sixth grade. She benefits from special education services and small class size. Reading, writing, and math are the subjects she likes most.

Aliyah has the potential to develop into a successful, productive adult. However, she cannot do this alone. She needs the freedom to grow, to give and receive love, and to feel that she belongs.

Having a permanent family is a cherished dream for Aliyah. She would thrive with a patient, loving, supportive family who would provide her with a stable environment and the opportunity to reach her considerable potential. She is eligible for financial support.

Adoptive parents do not need to have a specific income, and they do not need to own their own homes. This kind of adoption is virtually free, and many of the children are eligible for financial subsidy.

Aliyah and other children are available for adoption by approved applicants. For a free information packet, contact the National Adoption Center, 1500 Walnut St., Suite 701, Philadelphia, Pa. 19102. Call 215-735-9988, or visit www.adopt.org.