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SUNDAY’S CHILD

Sunday’s Child is Jayden, 9

Hi! My name is Jayden. I would like to play on a sports team, and to have a family where I feel safe and loved.

Jayden is a bright, inquisitive 9-year-old with a great sense of humor and a smile to match. He is thoughtful, engages easily in conversation, likes to tell stories, and asks a lot of questions. In his spare time, Jayden enjoys playing board games and building with LEGOs. He also likes playing outside, riding his bicycle, playing basketball, and would love to try football and soccer.

Jayden is awaiting placement into a foster home. He is ready to step from his program into a family setting and has said that he wants to be adopted. He has benefited from the structure of his program and has worked very hard on being able to follow rules and maintain his schedule. Jayden enjoys being helpful — and he’s good at fixing things.

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Jayden is in third grade, presents no academic concerns, and has many friends at school. He receives weekly therapy and other supports.

His social worker is seeking a two-parent family of any constellation, with or without other children, parents who are patient, structured, and have good listening skills. The ideal family will support an open adoption agreement with Jayden’s birth parents.

Every child needs a mentor

Children in foster care in Greater Boston need caring adult mentors. If you can commit to eight hours a month for one year, and go through a training and matching process, you could provide some stability and comfort to a child who needs someone to count on.

To begin, contact AFC Mentoring at 617-224-1300 or
www.afcmentoring.org.
AFC Mentoring encourages foster and adopted children to flourish through committed mentoring relationships. Being together two afternoons a month, going to the movies, the mall, bowling, or just hanging out, can change two lives — yours and a child’s.

To learn more about Jayden or about adoption from foster care, call the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) at 617-542-3678 or visit www.mareinc.org.

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