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SUNDAY’S CHILD

Sunday’s Child is Isaac, 12

Isaac is 12, a playful and silly boy who also has a hard-working and ambitious side. He is considered a leader and helper among his peers and he has a great sense of humor.

Summer is Isaac’s favorite time of the year because he loves being outside and he has a passion for fishing. He also enjoys sports, video games, and playing on the computer. He is a social child who gets along well with his peers and loves being around people — and fish! Isaac dreams of having an aquarium he could take care of.

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Isaac takes school very seriously. He is an enthusiastic reader and loves science experiments. He has begun to learn yoga, and through it, he is learning to use deep breathing as a way to keep himself peaceful and help him cope with his grief and loss.

Isaac is eager to join a permanent family. In the wake of his recent gains he has transitioned from a group home to a foster family. Any family without younger children could be a good match for Isaac. In Isaac’s words, “Adoption means finding a new family. I want a family that is nice, caring, and fun to be with. I am both nervous and excited about adoption.”

And if Isaac could have one wish? “I would have a family, some fish, and all the game systems in the world!”

Who are the children waiting for adoption?

There are approximately 2,400 children in Massachusetts foster care with the goal of adoption. Through no fault of their own, they cannot be raised by their birth parents. Many will be adopted by a relative or foster parent, but more than 600 have no one to adopt them yet.

These waiting children are usually older, ages 6 to 16, or sibling groups who belong together, children of color of all ages, and children with intellectual, physical, or emotional difficulties or disabilities. These children have experienced many losses and changes in their lives, and need patient and dependable adoptive parents. Free post-adoption support services are available.

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

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