sunday’s child

Sunday’s Child is Manny, 11

Hi! My name is Emmanuel. My friends call me Manny.

Emmanuel is an 11-year-old who describes himself as “nice, happy, exciting to play with, and funny.” Whether it is swinging on swings, riding his bike, playing games of imagination, or just being around people, Manny approaches life with a friendly smile.

Full of spunk, Manny likes to stay busy. He has well-rounded interests that include music, cars, toys, clothes, watching cartoons, and playing outside. He also enjoys performing and drawing.

Manny is doing well in his residential program. He is extremely respectful and polite and counts the adults in his life as being very important to him. He attends school at his program and is benefiting from the services provided for him. His favorite subjects include science and geometry.


With an eye on his future, Manny has set many goals for himself. He loves to travel. He would like to be a singer, a policeman, a firefighter, a pro wrestler, or a personal assistant when he grows up.

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Manny would do well in a two-parent family, with or without older children. The ideal family would be able to advocate on his behalf to ensure that he continues to receive the services he needs, and to help Manny maintain birth family contact. This optimistic boy has an infectious smile and a resilient attitude that would be refreshing to a family willing to offer him the stability and attention of a permanent home.

If Manny could have his special wish — “I would have 100 million dollars so I could buy things for other people.”

November is National Adoption Month

Massachusetts will celebrate its 10th annual National Adoption Day on Nov. 16. More than 100 children and teens who have been living in state foster care will be legally adopted on Friday in four courthouses across the state. The children and families will be treated to gifts and celebrations honoring adoptive families.

For more information about Manny and other children waiting for families in Massachusetts, contact the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) at 617-542-3678 or visit