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Sunday’s Child is Victoria, 14

I’m a great helper! I’d be a great advocate for other kids.

Victoria is 14, a nice teenager who enjoys sports, dancing, and listening to music. Among her favorite things are fashion and getting her hair done.

Victoria is Mexican-American and bilingual in English and Spanish. She does well in school but struggles when she feels she doesn’t understand something immediately. She excels at subjects she enjoys, such as math. She has an Individualized Education Program for behavioral and academic support.

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While she can have difficulty managing her strong emotions, once Victoria is calm, she is coherent, personable, caring, and very easy to speak to.

Victoria would do best with a single mother or a mother and father in a home with no other children. The ideal family would be patient and understanding of her emotional needs. Victoria will also need to maintain monthly contact with her siblings.

What does adoption cost?

It costs little or nothing to adopt a child from foster care. Unlike 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 Victoria, and about adoption from foster care, call the Massachusetts Adoption Resource
Exchange (MARE) at 617-54-ADOPT (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.’’

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