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SUNDAY’S CHILD

Sunday’s Child is D’Andre, 10

DJ is an energetic and charismatic 10-year-old who engages easily with everyone he meets. He is kind and generous, and he goes out of his way to be a good friend.

A natural athlete, DJ is happy to be found outside practicing his baseball and football skills, riding his bicycle, or skateboarding. He truly enjoys the outdoors, just seeing how high he can go on the swings, or tending to his garden or exploring nature. He is fascinated by animals — he loves all kinds, including bugs and reptiles — and is interested in a career working with animals.

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DJ enjoys learning and can often be found reading books about his favorite subjects. He has a great memory and can discuss his interests in detail. He is a smart sixth-grader with a lot of potential, but his behavioral challenges can sometimes get in the way of his academics. He is in a specialized school setting; though DJ struggles with his peer relations, he tries to be helpful to his classmates.

DJ has been in group homes for most of his time in foster care, and will need ongoing emotional supports after placement to address his past losses. DJ’s social worker is seeking a single- or two-parent family of any constellation, although DJ would prefer having a mom and dad. DJ would need to be the only child, or the youngest with a significant age gap if there were other children in the home. He needs to maintain regular contact with his maternal grandmother and his brother who is already adopted.

If DJ could have his own special wish, he would wish for a family with a dog.

Who are the children waiting for adoption?

There are approximately 2,400 children in Massachusetts foster care with the goal of adoption. Through no fault of their own, they cannot be raised by their birth parents. Many will be adopted by a relative or foster parent, but more than 600 have no one to adopt them yet.

These waiting children are usually older, ages 6 to 16, or sibling groups who belong together, children of color of all ages, and children with intellectual, physical, or emotional difficulties or disabilities. They have experienced many losses and changes in their lives, and need patient and dependable adoptive parents who can help them grow and thrive. Free post-adoption support services are available to help.

For information, call the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange at 617-542-3678 or visit www.mareinc.org.

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