Sunday’s Child is a weekly column featuring a child currently in foster care awaiting adoption.
Jordan is an 11-year-old boy of Barbadian and Caucasian descent. Jordan enjoys being active! Jordan’s favorite sport is basketball, which can be a strong way to bond and build a relationship with him.
Jordan attends a specialized school in order to ensure that he is receiving academic support. Jordan has challenges in learning; however, with the right support Jordan can overcome these obstacles.
Jordan functions best when he has a fixed routine that is well communicated with him. Although Jordan may have difficulties in expressing his feelings, he has the ability to bond and build relationships as this is seen when he visits with friends and family.
Jordan will need a dedicated family that is open to maintaining contact with his birth father in an open adoption agreement. Jordan also has half-siblings he may want contact with in the future. Jordan is a caring young child that builds relationships with males therefore he would like to have a male caretaker.
Jordan has also expressed that it is important to him that a future family is interested in sports. Jordan would benefit from a home that provides consistency, routine, and lots of physical activities.
How do I adopt a child from foster care?
To adopt a child from foster care, you must go through a training, interview, and matching process. Call the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE), for referrals to agencies in your area.
After an application is submitted, a social worker will meet with you, then refer you for the Massachusetts Approach to Partnerships in Parenting (MAPP) training. After completing the MAPP course, you’ll have meetings with a social worker who will conduct your “home study” to explore adoption possibilities with you and begin to match you with a child. It’s important to balance patience with persistence to make a match that will last.
To learn more about Jordan, and about adoption from foster care, call the 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.”