Holiday Heroes: FedEx delivers Christmas to adoptive families

FedEx made history this week delivering the coronavirus vaccine that went out to cities across America. We honor FedEx in FOX 11's Holiday Heroes series. Not for that massive undertaking, but for nearly a decade of bringing Christmas in a big way to our Wednesday's Child adoptive families.

FOX 11's Wednesday's Child history with the Dodgers

As we watch our hometown team in the World Series think about what the Dodgers mean to you. To me, it's gratitude for a franchise that has been so great to kids in Los Angeles County foster care. With our Wednesday's Child weekly story on FOX 11 News at 10 p.m., we spend a day on the field every season.

Wednesday's Child: Markus loves sports and is looking for a forever family

Born in 2003, Markus is a warm and engaging teen in foster care who holds a lot of passion for a variety of interests and enthusiastic about experiencing new things. In addition to his educational pursuits, he is athletic and loves sports. Markus had never been to Staples Center for an event, so NHL Hall of Famer and current President of the LA Kings Hockey Team, Luc Robitaille made Markus his personal guest at what would be one of the final games of the season.

Wednesday's Child: Sweet siblings Mario, Emiliano, and Ivan looking for a permanent loving family

Mario (2005, Center), Emiliano (2007, Right) and Ivan (2009, Left) are brothers who describe each other as their best friends. They’re always on the go, full of energy and spontaneity.  They love being in the outdoors. That’s not all there is to these boys – they have a knack for learning, especially on the tech side. We brought them to one of our favorite learning labs – Rolling Robots in Glendale, CA for a lesson in robotics.

Wednesday's Child: Leslie is in search of a loving family to call home

Leslie (2004) is a friendly and sociable teen deserving of a safe, loving and permanent family. She has a warm and inviting personality and is open to trying out new things. Like most teens, Leslie appreciates trending fashions and accessories.  Therefore, she was excited to check out the topnotch designer vendors and geared up to experience the role of a celebrity VIP surrounding the Academy Awards AKA Oscars at Doris Bergman’s 12th Annual Valentine Romance Pre-Oscar Luxury Lounge and Party at the Fig & Olive Restaurant in West Hollywood.

Wednesday's Child: Sweet Willie would love a forever home

Willie (2009) is a bright and happy child with a smile that will warm anyone’s heart.  Willie has a calm and mannerly demeanor, and speaks with precision and decisiveness. When asked what he wanted to be when he grows up, he said an engineer. So, we brought Willie to meet and learn about the field of aerospace with a real life engineer at Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum in Compton, CA.

Wednesday's Child: Special needs teen Jemariah needs a permanent home

Jemariah (2005) is a happy and friendly teen with some special needs. He is very active and requires a great deal of support and supervision. He enjoys all kinds of food, especially tacos, salad, and cheez-its. He loves the outdoors and likes to strut his skills with a basketball. We’re told that Jemariah loves to color and being read to, so we decided to have him try his hand at painting at the Color Me Mine in Whittier, CA.

Dad celebrates Wednesday's Child adoption

Happy New Year from Wednesday’s Child! The year 2020 marks 25 years of the Wednesday’s Child program, a partnership between KTTV-Los Angeles FOX 11 News and DCFS to find adopting families for a population of children in foster care who face more barriers than others in reaching permanency.