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Sunday’s Child is Joel, 8

Hi! My name is Joel. I want to be a superhero when I grow up!

Joel is 8, an energetic and affectionate boy who likes music, video games, dinosaurs, playing outside — he’s a budding baseball player — and watching his favorite television programs. Described by the adults in his life as kind, caring, and lovable, Joel likes nothing better than to please others.

In his foster home, Joel benefits from the structure there and responds well to redirection. He is blossoming this year and is better able to engage in conversation, especially around topics related to baseball, going to the beach, swimming, and watching fireworks.

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Joel is in third grade, with a one-on-one aid in a separate classroom. He does best in a structured environment where he receives guidance around his ability to focus and complete his work. Joel gets along well with the adults in his life and is working hard to replicate this success in his peer relationships.

Joel would do best with a two-parent family of any constellation, with or without older children. A family with experience navigating the emotional and educational needs of children would be best. It is also important to Joel that a family be open to his continued contact with his birthmother.

If Joel could wish for anything in the world, he would want to become a superhero and have the power to fly!

Can your car help a child
find a home?

Your old car can indeed help a child in foster care find a loving home with an adoptive family. Donate your vehicle to the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange; it may be worth more to you as a tax deduction, and it can be priceless for a waiting child. You get: top tax-deductible value; top donation to charity; free towing; relief from the hassle of selling it yourself; and the satisfaction of helping a child.

To learn more about Joel or adoption from foster care or donating your vehicle, call MARE at 617-54-ADOPT (617-542-3678) or visit www.mare

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