Sunday’s Child: Zeke, 15, wants an outdoorsy family

My name is Ezekiel. I like to be called Zeke. Math is my favorite subject. I would like a family that shares my love of the outdoors.

Zeke is 15 and likes going fishing and playing sports ranging from dodgeball to football, baseball to basketball. He has a great sense of humor and is considered kind-hearted and fun-loving by those who know him best.

Zeke hopes to be a police officer or firefighter when he gets older. He has an engaging personality and has developed strong relationships with the people in his life.

In school, Zeke works hard and is making progress toward his academic and behavioral goals. He needs the support of two parents in a family where he can be the youngest or only child in the home.

What is a home study?


Part of the process to adopt a child from foster care is the home study review. After you complete the Massachusetts Approach to Partnerships in Parenting (MAPP) training course, your social worker will conduct in-home interviews that will help gather information and get to know you and your family. Your social worker will schedule visits with you to discuss your strengths and challenges as a family, your parenting style, and the type of child you would like to adopt. From these meetings, your social worker will write a narrative, also called a home study, about your family.

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Then follows the decision to approve you as a licensed pre-adoptive parent. The home study document will be shared with other social workers to help make an appropriate, mutually selected match between your family and a waiting child.

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