Family Wanted: Big-hearted, resilient 6th-grader loves school


Friday, May 19, 2017

Julia is a creative, fashionable and energetic 10-year-old girl of Caucasian descent. Those who know her describe her as resilient and as having a big heart.

Julia loves to listen to music and often spends her free time listening to her favorite songs. She also enjoys dancing and singing, and has even written songs about her own life experiences.

Julia is intelligent and perceptive, and enjoys interacting with adults. She is bilingual, having learned Spanish in a previous foster home and enjoys speaking Spanish whenever she has the opportunity.

She is in 6th grade and loves going to school. She has positive peer relationships and makes friends easily. Julia has made great progress in therapy, and is able to express insight into her feelings, experiences and needs. During periods of instability, Julia has benefited from a combination of nurturing love and therapeutic interventions.

How to adopt

To adopt a child from foster care, you must go through a training, interview and matching process. To begin, call the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE), for referrals to agencies in your area. After submitting an initial application, 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 homestudy to explore adoption possibilities with you and begin to match you with a waiting child.

It’s important to balance patience with persistence to make a match that will build a lifelong family.

To learn more about Julia, and about adoption from foster care, call MARE at 617-54-ADOPT (617-542-3678) or visit www.mareinc.org.

This article was written by MARE.