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Sunday’s Child is Nicole, 14

Nicole is an outgoing 14-year-old with a great sense of humor and a variety of interests. She enjoys such outdoor activities as riding a bike or a four-wheeler and swimming. She loves animals and would like to have pets (though she realizes many people are allergic).

Indoors, Nicole likes to cook, play video games, and watch movies. She loves to sing and dance and would like to be a singer some day; her all-time favorite is Michael Jackson. Nicole is hoping to find a family that shares her interests, especially in outdoor activities.

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At school, Nicole has an Individualized Education Program and is working on maintaining boundaries and increasing her healthy relation-ships. She says math is her favorite subject.

Nicole is ready to join a family and feel like a normal teenager. She would love to have her own room and be able to go out and enjoy the types of activities others her age do. She looks forward to talking to and learning from a nurturing and supportive mother in her life. Nicole has a hard time sharing attention with younger children and would do best in a family with older teens, if there were other children in the home. With good mentorship and routines, Nicole should progress even further in all areas of her life.

How do I adopt a child
from foster care?

To adopt a child from foster care, you must go through a training, interview, and matching process that can take a year or two. To begin, call the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) for referrals to agencies in your area. A social worker will meet with you, then refer you for the Massachusetts Approach to Partnerships in Parenting (MAPP) training. After completing the MAPP course, you will have meetings with a social worker who will conduct your homestudy to explore adoption possibilities with you and begin to match you with a waiting child. It’s important to balance patience with persistence in order to make a match that will build a lifelong family.

To learn more about Nicole, and about adoption from foster care, call MARE at 617-54-ADOPT (617-542-3678) or visit www.mareinc.org.

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