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Sunday’s Child is Nkiru, 12

Nkiru is an intelligent and creative 12-year-old who loves to write poetry and enjoys singing and drawing. She also likes making jewelry and keeps a journal, and has recently become interested in designing clothing. She aspires to be a fashion designer — or a scientist.

Nkiru reads above grade level and completes her school work with some support. Math is her most challenging subject. She has an Individualized Education Program to help her with emotional and behavioral issues and has made strides there over the past year.

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Much of Nkiru’s progress over the last couple of years is due to the consistency and routine of her foster family. A polite and compassionate girl, she has learned to take ownership of her behavior and responds well to earning rewards. Nkiru would do well with a mother and father or a single mother who can provide the same level of structure she has now. She should be the only or youngest child in a home. Nkiru will also need to continue to visit with her birth family several times a year.

If Nkiru could have one wish? “I want to visit Disney World some day, and I wish I could be Princess Tiana!”

How do I adopt a child from foster care?

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To adopt a child from foster care, you must go through a training, interview, and matching process that can take a year or two. To begin, call the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) for referrals to agencies in your area. A social worker will meet with you, then refer you for the Massachusetts Approach to Partnerships in Parenting (MAPP) training. After completing the MAPP course, you will have meetings with a social worker who will conduct your homestudy to explore adoption possibilities with you and begin to match you with a waiting child. It’s important to balance patience with persistence in order to make a match that will build a lifelong family.

To learn more about Nkiru, and about adoption from foster care, call MARE at 617-54-ADOPT (617-542-3678) or visit www.mareinc.org.

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