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Sunday’s Children are Lariah, 7, and Shyheim, 9

Hope for a family who will love them forever

Lariah, 7, and Shyheim, 9, are loving sister and brother who live in the same foster home and want to remain together in a “forever family.”

Lariah is in third grade, where she has an Individualized Education Program for all subjects. She loves to play outdoors and with her dolls. She would someday like to take dance lessons. Her foster family says Lariah loves to do chores around the house and is very helpful.

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Shyheim is in fourth grade. He does not have a required specialized curriculum, but he tends to question his ability to perform well in school and struggles with self-esteem. He is excellent in martial arts and also likes to play board games and with action figures.

Occasionally Lariah and Shyheim struggle with authority and peer relationships at school and at home. Both children have witnessed violence and neglect and will need a parenting style that includes positive reinforcement and praise.

Lariah’s legs and feet were severely burned recently and she has had to undergo numerous surgeries and skin grafts. She will need monthly medical care for an undetermined length of time at Shriner’s Burn Center in Boston. Lariah also suffers from allergies and asthma and cannot be in a home with animal dander.

Lariah and Shyheim need a two-parent home with much older or no other children. They will need structure, consistency, physical affection, and reassurance that they will not have to move ever again.

Adoption open house

On Saturday, March 8, at the Salvation Army Kroc Center in Dorchester, the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) will host an Adoption Information Open House.

Designed especially for those new to the idea of adoption, the 11 a.m.-
2 p.m. program at 650 Dudley St. gives adults the opportunity to learn about adoption from experienced adoptive families and local social workers. Learn about the adoption process, the hundreds of children who are waiting for families, and the support services available for adoptive families and children.

Light refreshments are included. The open house, like adoption from foster care, is free.

To learn more about Lariah and Shyheim and about adoption from foster care, or to RSVP to the open house, call MARE at 617-542-3678 (617-54-ADOPT) or visit www.mareinc.org.

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