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Sunday’s Child: Angelika, 13, active, bright, and so resilient

My name is Angelika and I love to read.

Angelika is a lovely 13-year-old, soft-spoken and somewhat shy, and an honor roll student in seventh grade who shines in math. She will engage in conversation easily and she loves arts, crafts and other hands-on activities, reading, and swimming, tennis, and soccer.

Angelika was born in Poland and lived in an orphanage there until she was 3 and was adopted in the United States. When she was 9, she went into foster care. Another thing she loves are dolls and she has one, Lalka, that she has had since she was 2, and an American Girl doll, Rebecca, both of which she cherishes. She likes rock and country music (Usher and Taylor Swift) and the color purple. Her foster mother describes her as very organized, well groomed, and self-sufficient.

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Angelika is in therapy, learning responsibility for her actions and that she need not always be right. She lives in Western Mass. and will need a slow transition into a family. She would do best in a two-parent or single female home with younger children or no other children. Angelika will need to stay in contact with her older brother.

National Adoption Day

Celebrate adoption this month. More than 119,000 children and teens are in foster care in the United States waiting to be adopted. National Adoption Day will be celebrated in Massachusetts on Nov. 22. More than 150 children who have been in foster care will be adopted into loving families in courthouses across the state.

National Adoption Day is a national day of celebration of adoptive families and an opportunity for courts to open their doors and finalize the adoptions of children from foster care. Since 2000, more than 30,000 children have had their adoptions finalized on this day. Policymakers, judges, staff, families, and volunteers come together to celebrate adoption in communities large and small all across the country.

To learn more about Angelika, about National Adoption Day, 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.

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