Sunday’s Children are Marlenie and Joevanni

Marlenie and Joevanni are Hispanic siblings who hope to be adopted together.

Marlenie, 11, is bright, with a good sense of humor and a colorful personality. In school, she strives for the honor roll in order to run for student council. At home, she relies on reminders to pick up after herself. She enjoys shopping, cheerleading, day camp in the summer, and is very social with lots of friends.

Mature and quick to assume a caretaker role around younger children, Marlenie can hardly wait until she is old enough to baby-sit. Her favorite TV show is “Glee” and her favorite movie is “Grease.” Marlenie wants to be a hairdresser when she grows up, and eventually to own a salon.


Joevanni, 10, is a terrific athlete who enjoys organized sports such as basketball, football, and baseball. Active and with a great smile, Joey is well-liked by his teachers. His Individualized Education Program helps him with his reading.

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At home, Joey is affectionate, appreciative, and respectful to his foster parents, and will often ask to help out with chores. At times he can have trouble with sharing. He loves to play with Legos, Transformers, and his Wii. He likes summer camp, where this past summer he was able to conquer his fear of swimming. Joey would like to be a police officer, firefighter, or join the armed forces when he grows up.

Marlenie and Joey would do best in a two-parent mom-and-dad home or with a single mom. They would like to be the only children. English is their primary language, although both of them would like to learn Spanish. Both children would do well with pets.

To learn more about Joey and Marlenie, and about adoption from foster care, call the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange at 617-54-ADOPT (617-542-3678) or visit

Adoption Information Open House

Save the date May 4 for an adoption information open house for families of color. That Saturday from
9 a.m. to noon at Jonathan Belcher House, 360 North Main St., Randolph, MARE will offer a unique opportunity to learn about children of color who are waiting for adoption in your community. Come speak with families who have adopted from foster care, and social workers from local agencies.


Light breakfast will be served. Walk-ins are welcome.

Visit or call 617-542-3678 for more information.