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Sunday’s Child is Jaelyn, 11

Hi! I am Jaelyn. I love to go shopping and listen to music.

Jaelyn is 11 and loves to shop for new clothes and shoes. She loves music and singing. And she loves to swim, to draw, and to play outside. She brings enthusiasm to her interests.

In the fifth grade, Jaelyn benefits from an Individualized Education Program. She can struggle with behavior in the classroom — not following directions or being disruptive — and it can be hard for her to complete her homework on time, and to remember to pass it in when she does complete it. She attends an after-school program with a therapeutic element that, along with individual therapy, is helping her to work on developing appropriate coping skills.

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Jaelyn lives in a foster home where she has established strong relationships with her foster family members. She attends community activities with her foster mother and can be kind and sensitive toward her. She responds well to strict rules, structure, and clear expectations. She does best when transitions are well-planned and explained. Jaelyn’s foster mom is currently helping her work on doing her laundry and maintaining a clean living area.

Jaelyn would do best in a two-parent family without children younger or close to her in age. The ideal family will help keep Jaelyn in contact with her two younger brothers.

Jaelyn would love to be
adopted by a family who will love her and be there for her.

Children need mentors

Not ready for a lifelong commitment? Children in foster care in Greater Boston need caring adult mentors. If you can commit to eight hours a month for one year, and go through a training and matching process, you could provide stability and comfort to a child.

To begin, contact AFC Mentoring at 617-224-1300 or www
.afcmentoring.org.
AFC Mentoring sees foster and adopted children flourish in mentoring relationships. Two afternoons a month, going to the movies, the mall, bowling, or just hanging out, can change two lives — yours and a child’s.

To learn more about Jaelyn or adoption from foster care, call the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) at 617-542-3678 or visit www.mareinc.org.

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