Sunday’s Child is a weekly column featuring a child currently in foster care awaiting adoption.
David is a sweet and easygoing young man of Caucasian descent. He interacts well with the adults in his life and enjoys exploring his environment in many ways; his favorite being through sense of touch. David is on the autism spectrum and benefits from tactile experiences that include knocking over objects to hear how they sound and banging toys together to examine how that feels.
David’s other favorite activities include swinging on swings and riding his bike. David is mainly nonverbal but knows some sign language and uses picture exchange communication (PEC) as well. David needs some assistance with daily living activities but others he has mastered.
David is well-liked by all of his caretakers and they feel that he has enormous potential, as he is learning new skills all of the time. David attends a specialized school and receives extra support to assist with academic needs.
Legally freed for adoption, David will do well in a family of any constellation, as an only child or with older siblings. However, his social worker would prefer a family that has knowledge about children on the autism spectrum. David’s ideal family will be open to providing constant supervision and also be a strong advocate for David throughout his life. David has the ability to grow, learn, and thrive under the guidance of a patient and loving family that will help him to reach his full potential.
Who can adopt?
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.
To learn more about adoption from foster care, call the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) at 617-964-6273 or visit www.mareinc.org. The sooner you call, the sooner a waiting child will have “a permanent place to call home.”