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SUNDAY'S CHILD

Selena is an outgoing 16-year-old

Selena loves to dress up, have her nails colored, and hair styled.HANDOUT

Sunday’s Child is a weekly column featuring a child currently in foster care awaiting adoption.

Selena is a 16-year-old girl who speaks English and Spanish fluently.

Selena enjoys being the center of attention and likes being in the company of others. She loves to dress up, have her nails colored, and hair styled. She can be funny, kind, and helpful and also can present as bold and strong.

Selena enjoys watching movies. She likes to teach the younger children at church. She also likes to draw, do arts and crafts, and play the piano.

Selena does well in arts and theater class. She can be hyper-vigilant in the classroom and acts as a leader around peers. Selena is enrolled in 10th grade.

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Legally freed for adoption, Selena would do best with a single mom or two-parent family. Selena is a bright and positive girl who can follow the rules in the home and the community. She is curious about the process of permanency and wants her own family.

Can I adopt?

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.

As an adoptive parent, you won’t have to pay any fees, adoption from foster care is completely free in Massachusetts.

The process to adopt a child from foster care includes training, interviews, and home visits to determine if adoption is right for you. These steps will help match you with a child or sibling group that your family will fit well with.

To learn more about adoption from foster care, call the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) at 617-964-6273 or visit www.mareinc.org. Start the process today and give a waiting child a permanent place to call home.

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