Kareem, who recently celebrated his 11th birthday, has no difficulty in describing himself. "I'm terrific, smart, and helpful," he declares. He is also very definite about his future career. "I want to be a firefighter," he says, "so I can rescue people from fires."

Currently in the third grade, Kareem earns good grades. Music and gym are his favorite subjects.

Kareem wants very much to be adopted. He is close to his siblings and the contact should be maintained.

Kareem and other children are available for adoption by approved applicants. The process usually takes two to 12 months. For more information, contact the National Adoption Center, 1500 Walnut St., Suite 701, Philadelphia 19102. Call 215-735-9988 or visit the website at www.adopt.org