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Sunday’s Child is Jovani, 8

Jovani is a polite, likable, and curious 8-year-old who loves to play outside. He likes riding around on his bike or his scooter, and recently tried roller skating and liked that too.

Of Caucasian and Hispanic descent, Jovani would do well with a two-parent family that is active and outdoorsy. He enjoys adult attention and would benefit from being the only or youngest child in the home.

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At school, Jovani has been working hard and achieving with greater success. He has been demanding of teachers and peers in the past, but with supports in place, he is feeling more secure and well adjusted. His Individualized Education Program states that he should be in a full inclusion program with special help when it comes to reading and spelling.

Jovani is very connected to his biological mother. He needs parents who will be open to receiving services to help him work through this period and transition into healthy family life. Jovani will also need to maintain a relationship with his grandmother and brother.

What is MAPP Training?

Part of the process to adopt a child from foster care is a training course. After an initial home visit by a social worker, you may be invited to attend the Massachusetts Approach to Partnerships in Parenting (MAPP) training. The 32-hour MAPP course is typically held one night a week for eight weeks. It is designed to help you gain the best possible understanding of, and preparation for, parenting an adopted child.

MAPP training includes information about the needs of children who are waiting to be adopted and what behaviors they might exhibit. It teaches communication, positive discipline, and self-esteem-building techniques. It also discusses the resources and supports available to adoptive families. A couple considering adoption should attend MAPP training together.

To learn more about Jovani, and about adoption from foster care, call the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) at 617-54-ADOPT (617-542-3678) or visit www
The sooner you call, the sooner a waiting child will have ‘‘a permanent place to call home.’’

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