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Sunday’s Children are Andrea, 7, and Marissa, 10

Sisters Andrea (left) and Marissa.

Laura Irwin

Sisters Andrea (left) and Marissa.

Andrea, 7, and Marissa, 10, are sisters hoping to find a loving family dedicated to meeting their needs.

Andrea loves to play and often seeks positive attention from adults. She has an Individualized Education Program in school that assists with her behavioral needs. She has participated in gymnastics and likes jumping on trampolines.

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Marissa is a friendly and engaging girl. She is very open about her feelings and can be an excellent advocate for what she wants and what makes her feel safe. She responds well to behavioral interventions and seeks positive praise from adults. Marissa loves to listen to music and to dance, and likes participating in community sports programs like swimming and softball.

Andrea and Marissa would do best in a home with two parents with at least one mother or a single mother with a very strong support system. They could do well in a family with other significantly older children, but they need their own bedrooms. The girls’ foster family would hope to be a lifelong connection for them after adoption.

What is a home study?

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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.

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 Andrea and Marissa 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 could have ‘‘a permanent place to call home.’’

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