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Elijah, 11, is friendly and affectionate

Elijah.

Elijah.

Sunday’s Child is a weekly column featuring a child currently in foster care awaiting adoption.

Elijah is a very charming eleven-year-old African-American boy. Elijah is an affectionate and happy child.

He has an elaborate imagination and can play with his toys for hours. Elijah enjoys riding his bike, playing tag, and other outside activities. He also likes watching television and playing video games.

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Elijah is very attentive and kind to other children. He is currently working on making new friends in his community. Elijah is in the fifth grade and attends a public school but is placed in a small therapeutic academic setting. He does very well academically and receives support through an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for social and emotional needs. Elijah says he likes school and that science is his favorite class.

Elijah has expressed a strong desire to be adopted and to be a part of a forever family. Elijah is legally freed for adoption and would love to have continued contact with his siblings and grandmother. Elijah would do well in a two-parent family or with a single-male family. Elijah would benefit from his own room if the family has other children. Elijah likes to please others and sometime can become very sensitive at times. His forever family will need to demonstrate love, structure, and patience.

Who can adopt?

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Can you provide the guidance, love, and stability that a child needs? If you’re at least 18 years old, have a stable source of income, and room in your heart, you may be a perfect match to adopt a waiting child.

Adoptive parents can be single, married, or partnered; experienced or not; renters or homeowners; LGBTQ singles and couples.

The process to adopt a child from foster care requires training, interviews, and home visits to determine if adoption is right for you, and if so, to help connect you with a child or sibling group that your family will be a good match for.

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To learn more 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.”

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