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Sunday’s Child is Luis, 14

Hi! My name is Luis. I love to relax with a good book.

Luis is an energetic Latino 14-year-old. His personality shines when he is comfortable and confident. He is polite, considerate, funny, and engaging with peers and adults alike. He even volunteers to help staff in his residential home. Luis enjoys computer games, but also likes playing baseball and other outdoor games.

A caring, empathetic boy, Luis likes to have friends, though he has had difficulties connecting with his peers and sustaining relationships. In school, math and writing are challenging and his goal is to further develop his skills.

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Luis will benefit greatly from a loving and nurturing family that can be patient with him as he develops a strong sense of appropriate boundaries. He would do well in a two-parent family as an only child or the youngest child, and he is open to a family with two mothers. Luis is looking forward to building strong relationships with a stable family that will support him and advocate for his needs now and into the future.

Luis has a brother to whom he is very close; an ideal family will help him maintain that relationship. Luis would love a family that understands how important his brother is to him.

What is a home study?

Part of the process to adopt a child from foster care is the home study review. After you complete the Massachusetts Approach to Partnerships in Parenting (MAPP) training course, your social worker will conduct in-home interviews that will help gather information and get to know you and your family. From these meetings, your social worker will write a narrative, also called a home study, about your family.

Then follows the decision to approve you as a licensed pre-adoptive parent. The home study document will be shared with other social workers to help make an appropriate, mutually selected match between your family and a waiting child.

To learn more, call the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) at 617-54-ADOPT (617-542-3678) or visit www.mareinc.org.

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