Sunday’s Child is a weekly column featuring a child currently in foster care awaiting adoption.
Shey is a sweet and caring fourteen-year-old Latina girl. Helpful, kind, and supportive are words that have been used to describe her. At her residential program, Shey just earned their annual “Citizenship Award” for demonstrating a concern for social justice and for supporting her peers with a humility, compassion, and empathy. Shey loves to keep active with sports, especially volleyball, and has expressed an interest in trying out gymnastics this year. She has also been told that she is an excellent artist.
In the fall of 2016, Shey will be entering the 8th grade. Although she finds some of her classes academically challenging, she loves to read and write stories in her journal.
Legally freed for adoption, Shey would really like a Spanish speaking family with a mom and a dad but she would consider a single mom. Shey would do well with or without other children in the home. Shey’s new family would need to engage in therapy with her prior to and after placement to help ensure the success of the placement.
Who can adopt?
Can you provide the guidance, love, and stability that a child needs? If you’re at least 18 years old, have a stable source of income, and room in your heart, you may be a perfect match to adopt a waiting child. Adoptive parents can be single, married, or partnered; experienced or not; renters or homeowners; LGBTQ singles and couples.
The process to adopt a child from foster care requires training, interviews, and home visits to determine if adoption is right for you, and if so, to help connect you with a child or sibling group that your family will be a good match for.
To learn more about adoption from foster care, call the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) at 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.”