If Nadir, 12, has three wishes, they're to find a permanent family, to be a professional boxer, and to have a nice life.

He likes to laugh and make jokes. Enrolled in seventh grade, he is an excellent student and a good athlete. He enjoys boxing and playing basketball and dancing. Nadir says education is very important to him and he makes sure to be on time for school each day.

Nadir also likes to write poems, one of which is called "The Things I Don't Have."

"The things I don't have is a mom and a dad, that is why I sometimes stress and why I'm sad."

Nadir has experienced many separations and losses in his life, and would thrive in a patient, loving, "forever" family that would provide him with a structured environment and help him reach his considerable potential.

Nadir 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 19102. Call 215-735-9988, or visit the website at www.adopt.org.