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Sunday’s Child is Samantha

Samantha (or Sam to her friends) is a kind and friendly 15-year-old. She enjoys hanging out with her friends, basketball and soccer, and is a Hello Kitty memorabilia collector. She enjoys making necklaces with beads and doing arts and crafts. She loves ice cream, her favorite flavor being mint.

When she has the opportunity to be around them, Sam’s love for animals shows. Her favorites? Pigs, dogs, and horses. She hopes to work with animals or at a daycare center when she is older.

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Samantha currently lives in a residential program for children with developmental disabilities and benefits from the supports that she receives there and at school. She is making strides in both her peer relations and her academics; science and math are her favorite subjects.

With her bright smile and infectious laugh, Sam gets along great with the adults in her life. She would do well in a two-parent or a single-female family with or without other children. A family that is open to contact with her birth family would be ideal. Samantha has a lot to bring to a family that would enjoy her for who she is and shower her with the love and support she needs to continue to thrive.

To learn more about Samantha, 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.”

Join in “A Walk Home”MARE’s 4th annual Walk for Adoption, A Walk Home, will be held Sunday, May 19, at Jordan’s Furniture in East Taunton, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This is a family-friendly 5K (or less) indoor-outdoor event. Win prizes, enjoy games, arts and crafts, entertainment, and food — all while raising money for adoption.

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

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