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SUNDAY’S CHILD

Sunday’s Child is Baraka, 4

Baraka likes listening to music and playing outside on the playground.

Baraka is an energetic 4-year-old diagnosed with autism and ataxia. He responds positively to music, and is active and eager to explore the world around him.

On the playground, Baraka wears a helmet and he sleeps in a Pedicraft bed. He benefits from a comprehensive Individualized Education Program in school and at home. He has made significant advances in his emotional development since entering foster care, and he continues to make gains in cognitive development as well. He is learning to use American Sign Language.

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With his foster parents and siblings alike, Baraka has formed healthy attachments and he looks to them for nurturance and comfort.

Baraka, who is of Caucasian and Tanzanian descent, is likely to do best in a two-parent family able to work closely with the school system and the developmental medicine team at Boston Children’s Hospital to ensure that his needs are met.

Baraka will need a parent who can be a strong advocate for him.

What is an adoption party?

Adoption parties are casual events designed to give prospective and experienced adoptive parents, social workers, and children in foster care an opportunity to meet informally.

Workshops provide prospective families the chance to network and learn from experienced adoptive parents. Family-friendly activities and enter-tainment offer children and prospective parents a fun, low-key way to interact. The Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange hosts adoption parties four to six times a year throughout the state.

To learn more about Baraka, and about adoption from foster care, call MARE at 617-54-ADOPT (617-542-3678) or visit www.mareinc.org. The sooner you call, the sooner a waiting child will have ‘‘a permanent place to call home.’’

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