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SUNDAY’S CHILD

Sunday’s Child is Donovan, 16

Hi! My name is Donovan.
I really like to read. I enjoy spending time with and caring for animals.

Donovan is 16 and would like to find patient and understanding people to call family. He can be helpful and stay on task when he is asked to join in something that interests him. He prefers one-on-one activities to those with a large group.

Donovan would do best with a flexible family, one willing perhaps to act as foster parents and slowly bond with him. He also would do best with two strong parents and as the only child in the home.

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Donovan has behavioral challenges that he continues to work on and that he needs the support of a family to address. This is important in building a long-term relationship with him and demonstrating a family’s commitment.

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. Your social worker will schedule visits with you to discuss your strengths and challenges as a family, your parenting style, and the type of child you would like to adopt. 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 about Donovan and about adoption from foster care, call the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (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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