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SUNDAY’S CHILD

Sunday’s Child is Michael, 9

SARAH D. FEINBERG

Hi! My name is Michael. I am an excellent card player. I would like to be a ninja, or a firefighter, or a police officer. I would like a big family!

Michael is 9 and described as engaging, smart, and caring. He can present older than his years and is doing well in his foster home.

Fun-loving and generally mild-mannered, Michael would bring joy to strong parents who are able to set firm limits, but also able to nurture. He would do best in a family where he is the only and/or youngest child in the home. But Michael also wishes he could be part of a large extended family.

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Michael enjoys playing outside, riding his bike, playing cards and video games, and watching TV. He considers singing and dancing among his talents.

At school, Michael receives support in a self-contained classroom and has positive interactions with his teachers and peers. He is also receiving therapy aimed at building a set of skills to help him deal with times when he feels angry and sad.

Michael hopes to find a forever family.

What does adoption cost?

It costs little or nothing to adopt a child from foster care. Unlike international or private adoptions, there is no adoption agency fee. There are also a number of free post-adoption support services available to families statewide, including support groups and respite care. Children with special needs who are adopted from the foster care system are eligible for ongoing financial and medical assistance after adoption. These children are also eligible for a tuition waiver to attend a Massachusetts state college or university.

To learn more about Michael, 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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