Sunday’s Child: Shianne, 14, brings joy and innocence to a family

My name is Shianne. I like to write and send cards to celebrities.

Shianne is 14, an easygoing girl with a joyful attitude. She loves the outdoors, loves to run, play with dolls and stuffed animals, and to watch movies. She recently competed in the Special Olympics.

Shianne is emotionally on the level of a 5-year-old and has been diagnosed with moderate mental retardation. She is generally happy and is easily redirected by caretakers and teachers. She continues to believe in the magic of Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny and needs a patient, loving family that will delight in her innocence.

Her social worker believes Shianne would do best in a home with a mother and father, two mothers, or a single mother. She does well with her foster siblings, who also have special needs, but would benefit from being the only child in a family. Shianne’s foster home and school provide her now with the structure and positive reinforcement she needs.


In addition, Shianne has a visiting resource and siblings with whom she would need to maintain connections.

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For her part, Shianne has expressed that she would like a family that encourages her to keep writing.

November adoption party in Westfield

Learn more about Shianne or about adoption from foster care at the Western Massachusetts Adoption Party on Sunday, Nov. 3, from 1-4 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Westfield, 25 South Broad St., Westfield.

Join us for an afternoon of woodworking, hip-hop dance, arts and crafts, and pizza. Open to families at any stage in the process.

For more information or to RSVP, contact the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange at 617-54-ADOPT (617-542-3678) or e-mail