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Sunday’s Child: Justin will bring love and hope to a family

My name is Justin. I like to listen to music.

Justin is a special 7-year-old. Always smiling and with an easygoing, enthusiastic personality, he is never daunted by the obstacles he encounters. He loves to make people smile and the adults in his life adore him.

Justin likes spending time with his foster family and participating in activities in his school program. He loves listening to music, swimming, and has recently become interested in animals.

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Justin, who is of Hispanic descent, has significant global developmental delays, has limited mobility on his left side, and very few spoken words. Despite his limited mobility, he is walking. He benefits from the involvement of various services, including occupational, physical, speech, and medical specialists to aid him in his progress.

Because of Justin’s needs, his social worker is looking for a dedicated two-parent family, with no other children or with much older children, who have room in their hearts and lives to support Justin, who will need services into adulthood.

This optimistic and amazing little boy has much love to give and is looking for a family that will share that spirit with him.

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 Justin, 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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