Hi! We are Dakota and Hunter. We like basketball.
Dakota and Hunter are likable, active brothers who want a permanent home where they can grow up together. Despite enduring many transitions, they have adjusted well to their separate foster homes. They certainly have the ability to connect to a new family.
Polite and well-liked, Dakota, 14, loves playing basketball. He also enjoys fishing and exploring nature. He can be quiet at times; he gets along well with adults and peers. He is working hard in school to stay focused and pay attention in small groups. Dakota is making good progress in reading and language arts with the help of an Individualized Education Program. He hopes to join the military when he turns 18.
Hunter, 12, is also well-liked in his foster home and in school. He likes to play basketball with his brother at the Boys and Girls Club. He loves video games and movies. Hunter is great with his hands, and enjoys building with LEGO blocks and Lincoln Logs. He is a pet lover and participates in animal therapy.
These brothers are ready for a two-parent home with a mom and dad in which there are either older or no other children. Both boys like animals and would do well in a home with pets. They would do best in a strong but nurturing family that encourages their strengths and gives them the emotional support to help address their needs. Ideally, that family will be open to contact with the boys’ birth family.
What does adoption cost?
It costs little or nothing to adopt a child from foster care. Unlike international or private adoptions, there is no adoption agency fee. There are also a number of free post-adoption support services available to families statewide, including support groups and respite care. Children with special needs who are adopted from the foster care system are eligible for ongoing financial and medical assistance after adoption. These children are also eligible for a tuition waiver to attend a Massachusetts state college or university.
To learn more about Dakota and Hunter and about adoption from foster care, call the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange 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.’’