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SUNDAY’S CHILD

Sunday’s Child is baby Gabriel

Gabriel is a 1-year-old baby with significant medical needs. And yet he loves to smile.

Described by his foster mother as a “cuddlebug,” Gabriel has a healthy attachment to her and is in tune with his environment and the people in it. He loves to interact with other children.

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Gabriel is being seen many times a week by Early Intervention providers. He receives physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy, and is regularly monitored by several specialists at Boston Children’s Hospital. He tolerates small amounts of pureed foods and his diet is supplemented with Pediasure.

Responsive to both physical and verbal stimuli, Gabriel is able to be expressive when others interact with him. He participates in the Communication Enhancement program at Children’s and is learning how to communicate using picture boards and adaptive toys.

His social worker believes Gabriel will flourish best in a two-parent home with one stay-at-home parent who can help coordinate his appointments and give him extra attention. It is not yet known whether Gabriel will be able to walk or independently feed himself, but it is assumed that he will need a high level of care for a prolonged period of time.

To learn more about Gabriel, and about adoption from foster care, call the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange 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.”

Save the date

MARE’s 4th annual Walk for Adoption — A Walk Home — will be held on Sunday, May 19, at Jordan’s Furniture in East Taunton. From 10 a.m.-1 p.m., this family-friendly 5K (or less) event is an indoor-outdoor happening. Enjoy games, arts and crafts, entertainment, and food — maybe win a prize! — all while raising money for adoption.

Visit www.firstgiving.com
/mare
for more information.

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