Sunday’s Child is a weekly column featuring a child currently in foster care awaiting adoption.
Matthew is a twelve-year-old boy of Hispanic descent who enjoys playing video games and playing outside. Matthew is a sports enthusiast and enjoys watching and playing all different types of sports. Everyone who knows Matthew says that he is very active.
Matthew has some cognitive delays but he has made great strides in the classroom. He has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) that assists him with some challenges in school.
Matthew is currently residing in a residential program and he attends school on-site. Matthew recently made the honor roll for the first time and was very proud of himself! Matthew’s social worker is also very proud of Matthew and all the progress he has made.
Matthew’s social worker is open to exploring male/female, female/female, or single female families for Matthew at this time. Although Matthew can do well around male caretakers he would do best with also having a female caretaker. Matthew’s social worker is exploring families who feel they could be a good match for Matthew. A family that had similar interests like sports would be a great match for him.
What does adoption cost?
It costs little or nothing to adopt a child from foster care. Unlike international or private adoptions, there is no adoption agency fee. There are also a number of free post-adoption support services available to families statewide, including support groups and respite care.
Children with special needs who are adopted from the foster care system are eligible for ongoing financial and medical assistance after adoption. These children are also eligible for a tuition waiver to attend a Massachusetts state college or university.
To learn more about Matthew, 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 will have “a permanent place to call home.”