Wednesday’s Child: Sisters Mary And Nika Hope To Be Adopted Together

Mar 31, 2021, 1:48 PM | Updated: Jun 23, 2021, 12:50 pm

DRAPER, Utah – One thing Utah siblings Mary and Nika have in common is music; 16-year-old Mary loves pop, and 14-year-old Nika loves rock.

“Hey Mary, Justin Beiber might see this,” teases Nika as Mary sits down for an interview with KSL TV.

“Wait, Justin Bieber might see this?” Mary responds with shock and excitement.

The sisters are good at teasing each other, and they are also good at supporting one another. Mary has always dreamed of being a cheerleader, and so when Dynasty Athletics in Draper invited the sisters for a visit and one-on-one coaching, Nika was happy to make the trip.

“Being here today meant a lot to me because this is where I’ve been trying to get to my whole life,” says Mary.

Mary is an outgoing teen who loves to be involved. She is currently in 10th grade and starting to think about college.

“My dream school right now that I want to go to is UCLA. I’ve had that since I was a kid,” says Mary.

Nika, whose legal name is Annelise, is also thinking about the future. She loves school, especially math, and wants to graduate early and focus on one day working for the FBI.

“I really want to go into some part of law enforcement,” says Nika.

After living apart in foster care, the sisters were recently reunited They hope to be adopted together.

“One time when she wasn’t around, I got really upset and cried,” says Mary.

“There are a lot of times I’m not around. We were separated just until this February,” adds Nika.

Mary and Nika would thrive in a family with two parents, and the pair say they would love siblings and pets. More than anything, though, they just hope to be loved and treated as equals.

“I want compassion, I want communication, I want understanding, I want to be heard,” says Nika.

“I want someone that is willing to take care of us,” adds Mary.

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