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Sunday’s Child: Miguel, 6, craves fun, family life

Hi! My name is Miguel. I’m a fan of superheroes!

Misael, who goes by Miguel, is an engaging and affectionate 6-year-old of Hispanic descent. He has a good sense of humor and can form relationships with both peers and adults. He likes all sorts of sports and games and swimming and going to the beach.

Miguel is doing well in his foster home and readily engages with the family members. He loves to be given special responsibilities and thrives on individual attention. He is curious and active and wants to please adults. He has responded very well to the structure in this home; he requires clear expectations and follow-through from adults to maintain appropriate behavior.

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Miguel likes to be physical and particularly loves wrestling, which has to be restricted because of behavioral concerns in school. He is in generally good health; occupational therapy services were recommended to increase his strength and coordination.

In kindergarten Miguel functions below grade level and presents with developmental delays, which may be attributed in part to his history of placement disruption and early neglect, as opposed to his true intellectual abilities. He has demonstrated great resiliency, and with a gradual transition into a skilled family, his social worker is hopeful that he would meet with some of the same success he has had in his foster home.

A two-parent family with either older children or children close to Miguel’s age would be best. Single parents will also be considered on a case-by-case basis, taking into account their support system and availability to participate in services and advocate for Miguel’s needs.

What is an adoption party?

Adoption parties are casual events designed to give prospective and experienced adoptive parents, social workers, and children in foster care an opportunity to meet informally.

Workshops provide prospective families the chance to network and learn from experienced adoptive parents. Family-friendly activities and enter-tainment offer children and prospective parents a fun, low-key way to interact. The Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange hosts adoption parties four to six times per year throughout the state.

To learn more about Miguel, and about adoption from foster care, call 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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