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Sunday’s Child: Zeke, 15, wants an outdoorsy family

My name is Ezekiel. I like to be called Zeke. Math is my favorite subject. I would like a family that shares my love of the outdoors.

Zeke is 15 and likes going fishing and playing sports ranging from dodgeball to football, baseball to basketball. He has a great sense of humor and is considered kind-hearted and fun-loving by those who know him best.

Zeke hopes to be a police officer or firefighter when he gets older. He has an engaging personality and has developed strong relationships with the people in his life.

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In school, Zeke works hard and is making progress toward his academic and behavioral goals. He needs the support of two parents in a family where he can be the youngest or only child in the home.

What is a home study?

Part of the process to adopt a child from foster care is the home study review. After you complete the Massachusetts Approach to Partnerships in Parenting (MAPP) training course, your social worker will conduct in-home interviews that will help gather information and get to know you and your family. Your social worker will schedule visits with you to discuss your strengths and challenges as a family, your parenting style, and the type of child you would like to adopt. From these meetings, your social worker will write a narrative, also called a home study, about your family.

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Then follows the decision to approve you as a licensed pre-adoptive parent. The home study document will be shared with other social workers to help make an appropriate, mutually selected match between your family and a waiting child.

To learn more about Zeke 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.’’

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